‘Don’t take nude selfies’

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Thursday, September 4, 2014


TWO recent incidents raise the issue of invasion and protection of privacy in the internet:

* Dozens of nude photos of female celebrities --including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Scarlett Johansson -- stolen from digital storage were spread all over internet and Twitter.

* A New York businessman bought for $1.5 million a 15-minute black-and-white film of sex siren Marilyn Monroe doing oral sex on an unidentified man.

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The first did not have the women's consent and theft and publication were crimes. The second aimed to shield the sordid but private act of a woman, though long dead, from prying eyes of multitudes.

The first highlighted futility of keeping orivate words and images that one wants to keep to oneself and brutality of the web as weapon of defamation. The second dramatized the cost of any attempt to hide a terrible secret from internet.

But MM would've shrugged it off, as she did when she was alive and "Playboy" published nude photos of her. Giggling, she said she did nothing wrong, adding she autographed only a few copies, "mostly for sick people."

Nude photos could be played down but maybe not images of a celebrity going down on a man or having kinky sex.

Cruel weapon

The terrible reality is that the internet, wild and ungoverned, or the people abusing it could be un-believably cruel and get away with it.

Must be the reason some cynics advise those who don't want exposure, "Don't take nude selfies." An equivalent of "Don't wear short skirts if you don't want to be raped."

And how about when images are recorded without knowledge and consent?

(paseares@gmail.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 05, 2014.

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