Daring Fireball: Online Privacy Should Be Modeled on Real-World Privacy

John Gruber of Daring Fireball, regarding Facebook complaining about the new privacy features Apple has built into iOS:

Just because there is now a multi-billion-dollar industry based on the abject betrayal of our privacy doesn’t mean the sociopaths who built it have any right whatsoever to continue getting away with it. They talk in circles but their argument boils down to entitlement: they think our privacy is theirs for the taking because they’ve been getting away with taking it without our knowledge, and it is valuable. No action Apple can take against the tracking industry is too strong.

I’ve tried to be mindful of my privacy choices, but one of the things on my to do list for this fall is to revisit this topic and make even more conscious decisions about what I allow these companies to know about me.

I’m not sure about the choice of the word “sociopaths”, I’m sure there are good people that work at Facebook, and in advertising. And, in general, I’m pretty open online. But, I’d like a say in what strangers do and don’t know about me, and I get the sense the strangers at Facebook would rather not respect my wishes about that.

Watching the wildfires.

A handful of stops on the light-rail away from where I’m writing this is a county that’s preparing to evacuate due to Oregon wildfires.

State of Oregon Fires and Hotspots Dashboard Map
Clackamas county, in green, a couple miles south of me in Portland, is prepairing to evacuate.

I’m tired of new reasons to be terrified.

Covid-19, police brutality, climate change. I want proof that the needle can be moved.

So, I donated money to Biden / Harris, and I’ll be voting for Sarah Innarone for Portland mayor.

A thought about getting to know each-other on BBS vs twitter.

I’ve been reading and loving Cyberville: Clicks, Culture and the Creation of an Online Town by Stacy Horn, a 1998 book about her BBS “East Coast Hang Out” or “ECHO”. A BBS that is still running today.

“It’s the access to them, the line I have straight into the hearts and minds that keeps me calling back. But the key is repeated access. To really know a person you have to talk to them again and again. Like when we were kids.”

I love that idea. That even if people are trying to be private on the BBS, it’s inevitable that folks get to know them. Like many of us were stuck with the same group of kids day in / day out in school. Love them or hate them, you were for the most part stuck with these people. So, more often than not, you didn’t have a choice but grow to love some of them.

By contrast, in a community like twitter, where I interact with more than a thousand people, I get a sense of what my existing friends are up to, but I don’t think I get to know them any better.

By the way, I found out about Stacy Horn from an excellent talk by Claire L. Evans at XOXO in 2018. Claires book Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet,  it is next on my list.

Last December I left the job I’d been at for a decade, to give one final go at my lifelong dream of being a full time cartoonist.

I set a date to review my progress, to decide if I should keep going or retreat: July 1st.

Low and behold, I’m not looking for a job.


The fluctuating plan for “Incredible Doom” during unpredictable times.

I just wrote a post on my Patreon about the logistics of printing Incredible Doom season 1, how we planed to improve our process with Season 2, and how things have changed for us in recent weeks.

If you’re interested in the behind the scenes nitty gritty of publishing print comics through Patreon take a look.

Get a Free Incredible Doom Post Card by Supporting Your Local Comic Shop

I just received these Incredible Doom postcards I’d had printed to thank my wonderful patrons for their support. Thing is, I’ve got about 100 extra, so I thought we could try something fun.

Starting today, the first 100 people who send me their address, and a proof of purchase from a local comic shop, will get one of these postcards in their mailbox, along with a note from me.

There are few things more magical than local comic shops and the post office, and both are having a hard time right now. Which makes today a great time to go order yourself or your friends some comics, let me know about it, and get fun things in your mailbox.

  1. EMAIL: matthewbogartcomics@gmail.com
  2. With your mailing address.
  3. And a proof of purchase from your local comic shop, preferably dated after Monday, April 13, 2020
  4. and the subject line: POST CARD