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You have no privacy

Posted by Ron Coleman on July 4, 2007

… when you give it up. Now most of us try to give it up, and still no one notices. You could set up a blog, hang out in chat rooms, unload your deepest, darkest secrets — even good ones — and chances are excellent that absolutely no one will ever care. Just like real life.

But if you’re a U.S. Senator, or have been one for even a few minutes? Man, there is just something about name recognition!

An average U.S. senator looking for a date doesn’t need to do much more than stroll on down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol Grille and take his pick from the cloud of obsequious Washington types and star-struck interns. But Dean Barkley isn’t your average former senator—he was appointed by former Minnesota Governor Jesse “the Body” Ventura to serve a short, two-month spell in the Senate back in 2002. Now fresh off a divorce and a stint running Kinky Friedman‘s run for governor in Texas, Barkley is trolling for companionship on Match.com, listing “erotica” as a turn-on and telling the ladies about his love for the “Beatles and Led Zeplin [sic].”

It’s one thing when you don’t have privacy.  It’s another thing entirely when you just give it away — and doing so is becoming a habit developed early these days.

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One Response to “You have no privacy”

  1. Creep comeuppance

    Technology, as Dave Price implies in his post below, is changing everything. One of the main ways it is doing so is by affecting, wildly, our privacy. I wrote

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