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Why do we have to listen to collectivist idealogues like Stewe Boyd? The individual is not defined by the collective, even if you burnish the socialist concept with a new cyber notion that "each self exists in a particular social context". It isn't just the revealing of an ultraviolent colour, it's defining the individual in a pernicious and self-serving way to benefit the Google ad agency and the widgeteers.

As for Danah Boyd, she's wrong that no one has made money off private communities. Of course they have. Virtual worlds such as Second Life, There, Blue Mars, and others being developed in fact make a profit. SL had about $500 million in transactions last year in real money from people making a profit from virtual goods and services. They can do this because of the proprietary code, membership requirements, and protection of intellectual property that the Second Life platform offers, unlike much of Web 2.0 which follows the rapacious "California Business Model" of allowing content to be put up first, then waiting for a DMCA takedown notice later.

People value privacy, and anonymity is how they gain privacy from the increasing intrusiveness of the Internet and its adsters.

It also strikes me that this description of the privacy sliders on Facebook doesn't quite reflect the capacity, with a little technical tweaking, that you can still get on FB.

Laws on privacy may vary from country to country, but the laws of economics in the information age do not. Information has value and therefore is traded like any other product or service on the planet, following the basic law of supply and demand and under the supervision of local and global regulators ... NQ Logic recommends reading the impact of Facebook steps forward and The New Privacy Age on www.nqlogic.com

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