Jeff Auctions His Demographics on eBay
The line between art and commerce is thin and tenuous. The line between one’s privacy and commerce is even thinner. If the internet provides a conduit for new markets, where does one draw the line between the rush to develop those markets and the right to remain out of the fray?
In June of 1999, I attempted to sell my demographics to the highest bidder on eBay. I thought I was an attractive candidate. I watch TV, I read magazines, and I often buy what I see. If others are buying and selling my personal information, I felt I should too. And to the highest bidder! I thought I was worth a lot, but…
This piece was done 13 years ago. As the Internet and the field of information technology have developed, the issues of privacy seem even more important today.