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Sat Sep 28, 2019, 05:44 AM

I wonder how many of us would be explaining ourselves

if the internet and social media sites had existed when we were teenagers?

No, I am not "making light" of Carson King's posts....Please try to think deeper than that.

Did you do stupid shit when you were a teen?

How many times do you think back on your life--- and think, "oh holy crap, I am so glad that wasn't on video?"

I am in no way exempting adults from this post- you posted something, or were recorded doing stupid crap- you own that. But, young folks whose follies were tossed on the internet--- young people who did not know- could not know-- that a digital record of their immaturity would show up years later..... Wtf be mean to them?

I am in no way exempting today's teens from this--- they know if their crap ends up on youtube, twitter, instagram--- it's always out there.

Would YOU want to be judged by your 16 year old self for eternity?

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Sat Sep 28, 2019, 06:09 AM

1. In 1976 I helped invent the internet (Arpanet)

as in I wrote some of the first protocol translation code.

I was an early adopter of many many things we all take for granted now... emojis... some of which I invented in unix "talk" conversations with friends or co-workers. You have to understand, there just weren't that many computers on the Arpanet back then.

email, chat (unix talk), messages boards that evolved to websites (I did the very first commercial auction on the internet in 1990 when I auctioned off my sisters wine collection on a popular message board)... I was using Alta Vista long before there was a google.

I have accounts on facebook, twitter, snapchat, linkedin, etc.

Except for this place and linkedin... I NEVER post a goddam thing. Because this thing we created is an much evil as it is useful. I do NOT want my life spread all over the internet for my co-workers, employers, family members to see.... they want to share their stuff with me, fine... but I will never share anything with anyone. The internet lives essentially forever. If I had kids, I would try to discourage them from using social media as much as possible.

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