Reflecting on passwords - and what they say about us...

There’s a fascinating piece in the New York Times by Pulitzer prize-winning writer Ian Urbina about passwords and what they mean to us.

His departure point is that although we despise them, passwords tell a lot about who we are, our hopes, loves and the things, people and memories that we hold dear.

Yes, I understand why passwords are universally despised: the strains they put on our memory, the endless demand to update them, their sheer number. I hate them, too. But there is more to passwords than their annoyance.

Ian Urbina

In his article Urbina notes that in our authorship of passwords, and in the fact that we construct them so that we (and only we) will remember them, they take on secret lives.

Like a tattoo on a private part of the body, they tend to be intimate, compact and expressive.

Mark Urbina

702 and Cape Talk Overnight Live presenter Joonji spoke to Ian Urbina about the article, passwords and the meaning behind them...


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