Privacy is an ambiguous terms that has different meanings among different generation of people. The idea or concept of privacy is interesting because it reveals a gender divide that many people forget still exists well into the twentieth century. In my case I always think about my parent’s view of privacy and then my own view of privacy, and I realize how radically different each view is when compared. However playing in the larger context on when is privacy good and when is it violated I think traces back to the fundamental ideal of what is privacy.
When you go online you automatically know you are interacting within a public environment and among a public community. This is a personal choice one makes the moment they begin to interact with an online social community. However, there is an argument to be made that the usage of privacy in the sense that anything anyone puts on in a public setting should not be violated I believe has no validity.
For instance, facebook, intagram, and twitter do not charge you to use their site, nor do they force you to deal with annoying ads (as of now facebook is working on preventing businesses from entering your timeline on a frequent basis through posts and status updates as well as pictures). If these sites do not charge you to use their site, then I do not quite understand the reason people advocate to push for their private information to be their private information. Secondly, most people already knew through their choice that they were publishing on an active public network, obviously to garner attention from their active public network, so how is that even private?
Now lets say Facebook begins charging you for your usage on their site, then yes all of our posts should be private because we are paying for our autonomy as well as signifying that we want a limited audience and a small group acknowledging our posts. Like ancestory, which charges members monthly, all information is stored for your conveinance unless stated otherwise by the member. This is also true for other websites you pay for like Sirius XM and JSTOR, which all have limited accessible communities, and whose communities choose to be limited and accessible.
In conclusion, the whole idea that privacy should be defined and respected is a paradox. It is even more ironic when you understand the reason why people have social media sites.