"Oh, the vapor, the vapor."
Ok, here's the story. A friend of mine just got a prescription for medical marijuana and is using a new-fangled, electronically-ignited vaporizer to take in the soothing medicine. The handy gadget doesn't burn the weed, but vaporizes it. He breathes in just medicinal mist and no smoke or nasty stuff that's in smoke.
I was intrigued. I have a bit of chronic pain in my knees and never really liked breathing in the hot, burning, acrid smoke of a joint. So I Googled the device and compared the pros and cons of different models and manufacturers. Little did I know that that innocent search would follow me all over the Internet.
Now, on almost every page I pull up from the World Wide Web there is an advertisement for that vaporizer. This is unconscionable.
I'm a former journalist and current songwriter. I have an unquenchable curiosity. So, I investigate all manner of information. Does this mean that every time I look into something I will be identified all over the Internet as a purveyor of that particular product or philosophy or movement?
Clearly, I've been "tagged." How do I stop this intrusion of my privacy? How do I keep my digital trail my own, and mine only? Scary stuff, this.