On the Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert discusses the issue of privacy in an era where Internet searches can lead to embarrassing incidents from your youth (or last weekend) being used against you by future employers, universities or others. Colbert notes the views of Google CEO Eric Schmidt, as paraphrased by the Wall Street Journal, “He predicts, apparently seriously, that every young person one day will be entitled automatically to change his or her name on reaching adulthood in order to disown youthful hijinks stored on their friends’ social media sites.”
Colbert notes, “If you’re not careful, your online past could destroy your offline future.” And, “Are you listening young people? Just don’t ever make a mistake.” He also says,”From now on, changing your name will be a rite of passage, like getting a driver’s license at 16, drinking at 21 and completing rehab so you can get your license back at 23.” View the full segment here. Look at the archives to find more segments about privacy by Stephen Colbert.