" ... the Sony leak hasn't revealed something new about privacy, but has taken it to a new level." - Alex Rich, "The Sony Hack Teaches What Document Reviewers Knew All Along," in Abovethelaw.com, December 17, 2014. Here is the article.
As a long-term document reviewer sorting through email, Rich has encountered myriad detailed disclosures about private lives, business transactions, and illegal and unethical behavior. But, also as she explicitly notes, "nothing written is truly private."
Actually, I would extend that. I would generalize that nothing is truly private.
Poker players who win know that. They scan their opponents for "tells." Those are blatant or subtle cues about the players' positions of strength or weakness. Myriad successful lawyers have commented that they went through most of their careers in law firms with "a poker face."
Last night at Tamara Spiritual Center, Tucson, Arizona, psychic Dagmar Veillet presented a lecture and conducted exercises on opening to those kinds of "tells." Not only do human beings transmit that data. So do objects and places. The question I asked was more of a statement: So, it's an illusion that there is anything private? She confirmed that we are all so transparent. Only the details might not be obvious. That's exactly why our mother and executive coach hammered that we should show up at the interview with a smile, spring to our step, and firm handshake.
In my doctoral studies in linguistics we investigated all the kinds of "tells" which make human beings open books. There are the metalinguistic factors ranging from facial expressions and body language to how often and how intensely we nod our heads. Do too much of the latter and the recruiter in Silicon Valley will knock us out of the box for being insecure.
The ambitious among us might focus less on the privacy issue and more on how to cultivate an inner state of being which communicates that we are positive, confident, cooperative and centered. The lighter those dark places in me have gotten, the more plum assignments come in to my ghostwriting/speechwriting boutique.