In the digital age, it’s no longer your word against theirs. No take backsies.
A weird time to live in, for sure. I really want to say it may help keep us honest, and maybe it does, but it also means there’s higher potential for damage. If I let you into my secret club, I do so trusting you to abide by “what gets said in the club stays in the club”. No point in organizing in secret if someone’s just going to leak it all out anyway, right? But if it does get out, it’s permanently out. I can’t reclaim it, for an unknown amount of copies already exists.
That’s rough. Gone are the days of “I’ll beat you up to take that back”. Once something has been stolen, it’s done, and there’s nothing that will change that. And yet, do we think any differently about sharing sensitive data than we used to? “Revenge porn” scares certainly push people to be more cautious, and rightfully so, but is it enough?
Another interesting question is asking whether this can be solved or not. The technical answer is an easy “no”. But can we solve it on a social level? Maybe. Aided by technology, that maybe turns into a slightly more promising maybe. But it’ll still be rough.
Because hey, breach of trust isn’t a small matter.