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GLENN: The private lives of young people are now so well documented on the Internet that our children may have to change their names when they reach adulthood, according to the CEO of Google. Think of this. Eric Schmidt who I believe is on several different advisory boards with the president of the United States, Eric Schmidt suggested that young people should be entitled to change their identity to escape their misspent youth which is now recording recorded in excruciating detail on social network sites such as Facebook. "I don't believe society understands what happens when everything is available." Mr. Schmidt said he believed that every young person will one day be allowed to change their name to distance themselves from embarrassing photographs and materials stored on their friends' social media sites. 55 year old also predicted the future. Google said the Google chief said Google will know so much about its users that the search engine will be able to help them plan their lives. That sounds good.
PAT: Mmm hmmm.
GLENN: I love a search engine that is currently I believe in eight countries under investigation for having too much information.
GLENN: And spying on people and
PAT: But they will help you plan your life?
GLENN: They will help you plan your life.
PAT: Well, because they have
GLENN: Quote, they will know so much about you.
GLENN: That they will be able to help you plan your life.
PAT: Do they have an alternate name for us, too, if I want to
PAT: Do they have an Islamic name picked out for me?
GLENN: No, I don't think this is
PAT: If you tie this together, you think about this story we were doing earlier on Islam.
GLENN: Why do you do this?
PAT: And maybe you'll have to change your name to an Islamic name.
GLENN: See, why do you do this?
PAT: Is that possible?
GLENN: Now you make it ridiculous when all the name they will suggest is 11.773.8.
STU: It's true, though. I mean, they had I had an incident with Facebook this week and I had a personal like, you know, page when everyone was joining Facebook I tried it out for a little bit and I hated it. I mean, I despise social networking. You know, I have a page, you know, fan page and everything, which is fine. But as far as the personal stuff, like I just don't want it. So I discontinued this account. Two years ago, two years ago I signed it off. And that's after taking every privacy thing that they gave you and saying don't let anyone see it. I used to get complaints all the time like, why do you even have a page? There's nothing on it. Because I don't want anything on it. So yesterday I get e mails from everyone that used to be a friend of mine from two years ago when I discontinued the account saying, hey, what is this? And it's a forward from someone saying that I've been sending them advertisements for free iPads.
PAT: Man. Really?
STU: So someone got my account, reactivated it after two years of dormancy, if that's the word, and then made it, all my friends were still on it, all my pictures were still on it. I discontinued this account. All the posts were on it from then. All of it was still recorded from two years ago when I turned it off and then it took me, it must have been an hour to go through every privacy setting again and turn it all off again. It's insanity. I wouldn't put anything on that site that I didn't want everybody to see. It's it is insanity.
GLENN: I want you to
STU: They just had a report of 100 million users, some of their private information being spread around the Internet. Forget it.
GLENN: I want you just to I want you just to listen to this and think about this now in a different way. You've got to look at this from Stu's point of view and Chertoff and Ashcroft's point of view and my point of view that, you know, there's just so information is everywhere and you just do not want to engage in any of it. But listen to this again with a nontechnology concern. Eric Schmidt suggested that young people should be entitled to change their identity to escape their misspent youth which is now recorded in excruciating detail on social networking sites such as Facebook. When I read this, it wasn't about Google. It was about changing your name and identity.
Last night my kids and I, we were in bed and we were talking about we were talking about how Mommy and I had agreed with them to be their parents and they chose us as parents and they came down and we talked about Raphe and the special way that he came through adoption and the girl that carried him inside and how special she was and all of this stuff. We had this conversation last night. And I don't remember how it led there oh, I remember. I said, that's why Daddy and Mommy pray so much to try to remember what it is we promised and try to remember what we're supposed to do because we all have a job to do. We all have something that we're supposed to do, and you're in this family for a reason. And so you will carry on not only the things that I have taught you and the things that you have learned from Mom and Dad but also your name, you have to watch because our names are all connected. And so we be careful because I don't want somebody to think bad things about you because of me and vice versa.
Our children will be disconnected from their heritage. Our children will be taught that your family this is the ultimate destruction of the family and our heritage. If you read the book The Coming Insurrection, one of the chapters is destroy the family and destroy the family unit. Well, I'm sorry, but your name means something. It does. When you give up your name, you give up a lot. Does this bother anyone that in a cavalier way the CEO of Google is saying that they've got to really kind of look at this for the future, to be able to make it easy and legal, easy and legal for people just to change their names to escape their past. Their past is important. I mean, it's you don't know about progressives because they change their name! Our past and our history is important. And now we have a guy who's in the Obama administration talking about, hey, we're going to have to do that. Where else have we heard it?
MICHELLE OBAMA: And Barack knows that we are going to have to make sacrifices, we are going to have to change our conversation, we're going to have to change our traditions, our history. We're going to have to move into a different place.
GLENN: If you lose your name, who are you? If you lose your traditions and your family, who are you? How do your children know who they came from?