BLOGS: Loss of Privacy

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The Media Now textbook’s authors, state weblogs or blogs for short are an older, significant form of social media that are organized around special themes such as technology and skincare with the hope of attracting like-minded contributors. Straubharr, LaRose and Davenport identified “blogs” as a specific form of content or genre with its own similar characteristics. Additionally, although blogs have been slightly upstaged by newer forums like Facebook discussion groups, following Twitter hashtags and joining LinkedIn boards- blogs are still an important and effective form of social media. This very post is a written blog through a free, easy to use website that encourages million of users to create and share their information with the world. Through the use of another social media website, Pinterest, I have found countless fascinating blogs about proper skincare, high end makeup dupes for drugstores and young career woman’s proper interview outfits/ following up tips etc. I am also a fan of a few Tumblr accounts and I can shamefully admit I have spent too many hours perusing beautiful images of foreign sandy beaches and arm candy.

According to this article[1], the top 3 blogs are the Huffington Post, TMZ and Business Insider. The first and third blogs provide viewers with (hopefully) factual news and corporate information, while TMZ is a blog bursting with celebrity gossip, news and entertainment. But TMZ’s own slogan “celebrity gossip” raises Cairncross’s important trend about the loss of privacy. He predicted, “civil libertarians will worry, but others will accept the loss as a fair exchange for the reduction of crime, including fraud and illegal immigration. In the electronic village, there will be little true privacy-and little unsolved crime”. I believe Cairncross was correct in his statement “there will be little true privacy”, but do not agree with the fair exchange for the reduction of crime because the Internet has helped promote crime mainly through fraud. Nonetheless, the blog TMZ underscores some serious privacy issues because celebrities are incessantly watched and “commoners” are encouraged to call or text in tips to their TMZ Helpline (888) 847-9869. I understand the phrase “the public eye never blinks” and all celebrities must realize fame has its annoying paparazzi price, but how far is too far when it comes to bashing movie stars and picking at all their scathing wounds?  A prime example is photos posted on the blog of Farrah Abraham “boozing in lingerie, kissing chicks”. I do not even know who this partying gal is, but one thing is certain those pictures are forever posted and her privacy is forever absent. Word Count: 433

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