Feeling Better About Being a Criminal!

Digging up Dirt!

In my zest for tracking the coolness that is Web 2.0, I came across the Criminal Searches website... and yes... unfortunately I found myself displayed!

So of course I had to search for all my friends and family (which was not so fun because everyone came up clean) and once that was done... WELL... I was sobered by the transparency that the web demands -- and a little off-put by the dual nature of serving up "dirt" on the neighbor-next-door while inserting enough disclaimers to make sure everyone feels like it is all "good fun"...

I was amused at the absurdity of the disclaimer on the top of the search results page.  Which said:

"Note: Some states include minor traffic offenses in the data that we receive; however, these people might not be actual criminals."

Ummm... question:

Isn't a criminal "someone who breaks the law" (i.e. commits a crime...)?  SO if you are going to present the case that someone has broken the law should they not also be criminals? Traffic tickets included...

I think that's part of the NEW social web -- information is assimilated for the inquisitive searcher yet presented "nicely" enough that we feel helped...

By the way, if you care enough, my database record for speeding 95 MPH in a 65 MPH zone, can be found here...

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