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May 30th, 2007
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Date:June 1st, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
You mean like the Star Wars Kid?

I also have to come down on the side of the particular example you chose as not being a big deal, for several reasons. First, there has always been a risk of public embarrassment where personal activities are involved, and it predates even the printed word. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a group of people that debated the merits of having the events of people's lives broadcast in a newspaper, and I could even spend some time hand-picking articles from the last year to justify their apprehensions.

Then there's the matter of the embarrassment itself. As a pragmatist, I have to say that a person can only be embarrassed by something that they are ashamed of. The entire matter of embarrassment then becomes one of personal development; the individual must come to terms with their beliefs versus their actions, either by more proudly keeping their beliefs, or by changing their actions. Either way, it's somewhat irresponsible to fault others for one's embarrassment.

Oddly enough, I had to think about that a little bit today long before coming across this. I finally got a bookcase into my room and set to unpacking a couple of boxes of books. I eventually came to a couple of books that I had forgotten about, and I sat for a few minutes internally struggling with the decision to set them on the shelf, or dispose of them. I was concerned that if anyone -- say, my roommate for example, or a guest -- happened to spot them, I would be embarrassed. After considering my motivations for getting them in the first place, and their content, and the possible responses I might have for someone that asked about them, I put them on the shelf and considered the matter settled. Their titles were "Sex" (a somewhat decently-sized volume), and "A Man's Guide To Women" (much smaller; I think that's funny).

So, if the fellow there might be embarrassed by his presence outside a strip joint, he should either stop going -- he could run into his boss one evening anyway, after all -- or he should become comfortable with the fact that, hey, it's a fun place to visit.

I think your concern is stemming more from the fact that Google has a much wider circulation than any print newspaper, and that this fellow might lose his job if a co-worker happened to Google that very address. I think the first point is irrelevant, and the second point is the result of a set of societal mores that need to be addressed anyway.

What I am not in favor of, and will remain forever opposed to, is state-run surveillance for any purpose, but especially for the purposes of law enforcement. In that regard, England has become the very last place in the world that I intend to visit.
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