The downfall of privacy

It’s no secret that there’s hundreds of leaked photos disseminating across the Internet of female celebrities.

The lives of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and several others will never be the same now that so many people have seen them naked. I have no scientific evidence to back this up, but I assure that, 24 hours later, pretty much every guy in the world with access to a computer has sought out at least one of these photos.

Curiosity gets the better of everyone. And in the age where anything and everything is one click away, it’s unrealistic to expect guys to J-Lawnot look at nude photos of A-list celebrities when they are so readily available. I bet most girls have seen them at this point, too.

So anybody who is passing judgment on others for looking at the photos is just being incredible naive.

But I’m not here to speculate on who has and hasn’t looked at these photos.

The bigger issue at hand is privacy.

For common folk, we’re probably not much more worried than we were yesterday.

Celebrities, meanwhile, should be scared shitless. Because, if this incident — which has humorously been coined as “The Fappening” — has taught us anything, it’s that there is no such thing as private photos. Once you snap that camera, it’s out there.

I’ve long ago stopped wondering why females feel inclined to take photographs of themselves naked in front of mirrors. It’s just something that happens. But I’m guessing that after this weekend, very few will ever do it again.

But keep in mind: If celebrities can be hacked, then anybody can be hacked. But the difference is that no one cares about your photos unless you’re famous. But believe me — you can be hacked. And that’s a frightening thought.

No one should really be surprised. This is the way the Internet was always going. Privacy doesn’t exist anymore.

Should we all live in fear that, one day, compromising photos of us will show up on everybody’s computer screens? Of course not. But we should all take note to be extra careful of what we do or say, both on our computers and phones.

Although, this is as good of an excuse there’s ever been to never want to become famous.

So in 20 years from now, when I’m not famous, I’m going to blame it on my desire to avoid compromising photos surfacing on the Internet, and not my overall lack of motivation and general apathy.



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