By Kenneth Justice
“Oh my g-a-w-d KENNETH!!! That’s exactly what happened to me! I took naked selfies of myself to send to my husband and instead I accidentally posted them to Twitter and all my friends and family saw them!!!” she said
Unless you’ve been living in the desert near Syria for the past week you most likely have heard all about the celebrity scandal involving a hacker who broke into Apple’s iCloud and leaked out thousands of naked videos and pictures of A-list, B-list, C-list and celebrities we’ve never heard of before.
The 20-something friend I was talking to at coffee last week said she was totally “mortified” when she learned her naked photos were on Twitter for the whole world to see, “Within hours I found out about my mistake and I instantly took them down, but by then a ton of my friends and family had seen the photos” she said
The coffee house I hang out at has been buzzing with conversation about Internet privacy; what rights do we have when we use these App’s and Websites when it comes to storing our personal photos and data?
A friend of mine asked me yesterday, “Kenneth, what do you think, should it be a crime to view other people’s pictures that have been leaked onto the Internet?” And while that is a great question to ponder, I guess I’m still trying to catch up the 21st century; I had no idea how many people are texting, emailing, and file sharing naked photos of themselves! Not that there is anything wrong with two people in a loving relationship sharing naked photos; I guess I must be something of a caveman in that I never really realized how big a “thing” this is these days.
Western culture as we all know is filled with people who are voyeurs; reality shows have become our national pastime as they offer a glimpse (albeit an often contrived one) into the lives of people all over the world. There is something in our nature that yearns to understand other people and especially the other sex. We wonder if other people do the same things we do when they are behind closed doors. And I’m not merely talking about sex, but a part of our voyeuristic nature seems to be a desire to know the ins-and-outs of everything to do with everyday life and other people.
Fox television hoping to capitalize on this voyeuristic tendency is filming a group of people on a farm in California, 24 hours a day; hundreds of cameras film these men and women LIVE on the Internet and on the Fox network. These people are doing nothing more than what you would expect them to be doing; eating, working on the farm, hanging out at the watering hole, getting drunk, etc. It leaves me wondering; why would people want to watch other people….living out an otherwise ordinary day?
Philosophically I’m not really sure what instigates this voyeuristic tendency yet if we look at Western history we know it to be true going all the way back to the golden years of Hollywood when celebrity gossip magazines became a primary staple of people’s reading habits.
I think talking about our lives and comparing and contrasting them to others can be constructive; it helps us to grow and mature as we learn from others. I guess I just wonder where this voyeuristic element of Western society is going to take us. At the moment I’m not really sure.
Just a few thoughts as I sipped my coffee this morning,
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