Our privacy is not, nor has it ever been, yada yada. Our privacy is not something you dismiss with a wave of your hand, a weak smile, and a shrug, as if we're petulant children. Our privacy is something we cherish, we value, and we demand.
I admit there's a paradox. We tweet and use Facebook, and put everyone on the 4-1-1-1 phone plan (too much information). Worse, few of us ever read through the "agreements" we're supposedly agreeing to. Even though most consumers aren't attorneys and don't know the implications of privacy loss -- and, in fact, think of these agreements as yada, yada -- that doesn't mean they're not important on a fundamental level.
This reminds me of another gripe. A few weeks ago, at one of the many Republican debates I've been watching with popcorn and amusement, Ron Paul made mention of our Constitutional rights. The moderator and the other candidates all chuckled, and I one of them even implied that that old Constitution thing was something that Paul was always just going on about.
Our Constitution and our Constitutional rights are not something else to be dismissed as yet just so much more yada yada.
Look, just because some people haven't fully thought through the implications of what our extreme lack of privacy might mean doesn't mean that we all are fine with our privacy and our Constitutional rights being assaulted on all sides.
What ticks me off is that "yada yada" bit. I never, ever want to have Big Brother (or a Google Doodle) talk about privacy in terms of "yada yada".