Being forgotten might sound appealing for some, but making a right out of it degrades the concept of rights. Instead of being something that embodies the relationship between the individual and society, it pretends that relationship doesn't exist. The right to be forgotten is a figment of our imaginations.
Are we talking semantics? The Guardian's Tessa Mayes opines that we don't
have the "right to be forgotten
" online because society demands memory and, as she says, making oneself forgotten is "an antisocial, nihilist act."
Sure, sure. But doesn't being "forgotten" in this context mean having control over one's image in the world, instead of -- as I believe she is suggesting -- extricating oneself from society à la the Unabomber?