The Second Act: Will America Get A “Right To Be Forgotten”?

In 1927, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote: “There are no second acts in American lives.” He was wrong, of course. America is all about second acts. For the famous and nonfamous alike, one of the great American myths is the ability to constantly reinvent oneself.

So what Fitzgerald said wasn’t true. Then. But what about now? In this great inter-connected world in which we live, second acts may be a relic of the past. Now everything we write, text, type, email and browse, can be tracked online, go viral, get retweeted and end up on the front page of the New York Times. In our brave new world, a throwaway comment on a Chili’s restaurant receipt makes Google News. A video of a teenager getting drunk at a small town high school prom becomes the number one YouTube video in the nation. A racy picture a 21 year-old sends to her college boyfriend ends up on a public website devoted to destroying ex-girlfriends. We live in a world where everything we put online (intentionally or not) can be tracked, reviewed, judged and found severely lacking by billions the world over. In the past, this is what we would have called Act One.  READ MORE

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Michelle Silverthorn

Michelle Silverthorn

After spending seventeen years living in the Caribbean, Michelle undertook a number of around-the-world detours before ending up at the doorstep of the Commission, including four years as a general litigator in New York and Chicago. She remembers pretty much everyone she’s met in her travels but she would especially like to meet again the passengers on a January 2001 flight from Miami to JFK. At the pilot’s request, they donated enough money for Michelle, who had her wallet stolen, to get back to college safely. She would very much like to tell them all thanks.
Michelle Silverthorn

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