Basically just ourselves – a quick thought about online privacy

I have read a number of things recently that comment on the decreased divide between the digital/virtual and the real world or encourage readers that the distinction is artificial.

I wonder where this leaves the Data Detox Kit from Tactical Tech and Mozilla? It encourages us to take care of our digital selves via reflective exercises and practical activities focused around online privacy. However, if the distinction between the digital/virtual and real world is reduced or non-existent then our digital selves are basically just ourselves.

This being the case, would anyone feel comfortable neglecting themselves or not understanding themselves in the way many of us neglect or do not understand our digital footprint?

Of course there are complex issues at play here but I think the more people see their digital selves as part of their “actual” selves, the more engaged with online privacy they will be.