Why journalism will learn nothing from Facebook’s privacy crisis.

The New York Post has a silly article about those pesky Millennials are not getting all scared by Facebook. They are seen as naive and their Live Out Loud philosophy means they do not care what people know about them. The implication is that nothing like that ever happened before those Facebook bad guys came along.

Not quite.

There was Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour.


They compiled lists where children could give their vitals to get ice cream for their birthday.

A couple of young boys created a fake birthday boy, and when that fake boy turned of age, Selective Service sent him a reminder that he was liable for draft registration.

The boy only existed on the ice cream list.

This was 1984.

What does ice cream have to do with the military?

Having children fill out a form shouldn't give any government a clue how old they are, but the idea of personal data being used for other purposes is not new.

When the story broke, journalists were asking who else was playing those games.

And like Facebook, Farrell's said they had no idea what those lists were being used for at the time. It was a third party, after all.

Journalists don't seem to clue in that this whole using personal data for other purposes is not new.

As in totally not new.

But the press will keep trying to make it sound as if this was a Facebook thing rather than an old and reliable way of gathering information, learning nothing from history -- often chronicled in their old pages...