Gen Ys face crisis of cyber identity
He was only too happy to supply the media with added salacious detail about that weekend, and the young PM, 40 years earlier.
Eventually the issue of the PM’s Facebook profile would subside, but not without taking its toll.
It is now standard practice for all politicians to declare any DCC that may surface in the future.
Executive recruitment firms regularly scan specially designed search engines to retrieve and assess DCC.
If the material is deemed too compromising, the candidate is quietly rejected.
The media, sensing a wellspring of sources for scandal, trawls its readership for ‘‘ young and silly pictures’’ of now famous people.
Perhaps my assessment of what might constitute scandalous events in the year 2047 is fanciful.
After all, there is nothing untoward about Generation Y sharing the comings and goings of their teenage lives among members of their tribe.
Here is a time in life when souls are bared and when deep and meaningful discussions deliver teenagers into adulthood.
But previous generations made this transition without any real possibility that some of the sillier things they might have said or done as teenagers would resurface later in life.
Not so with Generation Y; their youthful meanderings are being documented in their full and foolish teenage glory.
And for the vast majority of future adults, their musings as 14- year- olds will never be seen by anyone other than friends at the time.
However, some of today’s Generation Ys will reach the pinnacle of business and political success. Is there any possibility that their positions in 40 years time will be compromised by transmission into the ether of every agonising aspect of their teenage lives?
There is also the distinct possibility that future communities will be so fatigued by the extent of dated cyber content’’ and the fact that everyone is compromised by the documentation of their youth, that such information will cease to have value.
This could well be the case, eventually.
However, at some point in the future there will be the initial and agonisingly public example of a business or political leader who is severely embarrassed by what he or she placed on their Facebook profile in their teenage years.