While I can control who can view my non-profile pics under the new privacy settings, I can't hide my membership in different groups and pages I'm a fan of. Being in the "No on Prop 8" and "Yes on Ref 71" groups could be a job killer. (It's sad that this is still the case, but it is.) Add in my home town - a small city - and another visit from YAHOOS posing as cops is an unwelcome possibility. That's why I retired my account.
K.R. brings up something I didn't get into in my post: Everyone has some information they want to keep private, but for some people the stakes are much higher. He adds:
If someone WANTS to post a pic of themselves nude, drunk, and with their Social Security Number scrawled across their chest, more power to them. I don't want to have to limit what I share with my close friends and family for fear I'll be asked about it in my next job interview.
Topic No. 2: Google and the China controversy. I heard from several readers about my post on "Google's China problem (and ours)," including one from a Chinese student studying in the United States, T. Z.
In somewhat fractured English, T. Z. points out that while the Western media has largely assumed the Chinese government is behind the attacks, no one has proven anything. He adds an interesting perspective on what people in China are aware of (I've cleaned up some of the grammar and language for readability):
... The majority of citizens in China do not talk about politics too much, especially that kind of the Inglorious history of the party in the last century, and the media do not show people negative news about government and society. That's true in the past years. But things have been changing, a lot.... Lots of the western countries (certainly including the U.S., no offense) are criticizing the human rights situation in my country all the time. I am not so sensitive about the [rhetoric] provided by the US nor China governments. According to what I know, people in China mostly have got equal treatment in various aspects. As for the Dissidents, I remember there was a piece of news that a Dissident was sentenced to jail for several years because of violating laws. Perhaps the leadership should have a reconsideration about the development of the political system, but I don't think it would go the western way finally, though the economics [are] actually growing more far away from the communism. OMG, I used that word...