A startling essay at the NYTimes writes about how we have increasingly become digital persons and that we don't understand this yet. It is one reason we don't really know how to respond to reports of NSA data collection, etc. We require a new infopolitics that is based upon this reality that we are digital persons. An excerpt:
We like to think of ourselves as somehow apart from all this information. We are real — the information is merely about us. But what is it that is real? What would be left of you if someone took away all your numbers, cards, accounts, dossiers and other informational prostheses? Information is not just about you — it also constitutes who you are.
We understandably do not want to see ourselves as bits and bytes. But unless we begin conceptualizing ourselves in this way, we leave it to others to do it for us.