That said, I've had two online experiences in recent days that return me to that theme, with a vengeance. One is the discovery that my very first published national magazine article is now displayed at Google Books. It is from the June 1970 issue of Baseball Digest, when I was 15 years old. See p. 37 of http://books.google.com/books?id=dzIDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA3&source=gbs_toc&cad=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false.
I'm not claiming infringement here. Just creepiness, down to my very bones.
The other experience was being reminded by Eric Rumsey (who is becoming one of my favorite bloggers and twitterers) of one of the most hilarious life-imitates-art parodies ever published by The Onion. See "Google Announces Plan to Destroy All Information It Can't Index," August 31, 2005: http://www.theonion.com/content/node/40076.