Tuesday, September 20, 2011

When Will They Learn?

Every time news hits the web about a certain celebrity’s phone or computer being allegedly hacked by some unknown illusive hacker, I can’t help but ask the question: When will they learn? I’ve stopped asking “why” eons ago, because everyone has their reasons. Maybe it’s because they thought it was a good idea at the time and never imagined that their phone would be hacked and it would ever get out. And then there’s those who do it to take “Self portraits of themselves” (common, really? Are you F***ing kidding me!?!).

But in truth, there are literally thousands upon thousands of reasons why someone would do something so impulsive as this, to be frank. But in the digital age that we live in where information travels across the globe in the blink of and eye, and a total stranger is just one keyboard button click away from invading your most personal aspects of your life, the question no longer become Why, but rather when will they learn?

This year alone has seen hordes of celebrities’ entrenched in a web of controversy over alleged photo scandal. The latest of course being Iron-Man 2 starlet actress Scarlett Johansson, whom had her naughty bits paced all over the internet by an alleged Hacker, as reported by paparazzi website TMZ . Also covered by them was the report that the Avengers’ star also went a notch further and contacted the FBI over the hacking and has had her attorney Marty Singer fire off in letters sent to various sites hosting the photos demanding that they remove the "stolen copyright protected private photographs" immediately or face legal action. TMZ also went onto say that Singer claims, "The highly personal and private photographs at issue capture our client self-posing in her own home in a state of undress and/or topless." And that if they failed to comply they’d "be acting at your own peril. Please govern yourselves accordingly." Now I’m not fully sure if Singer or his client, miss Johansson, might be aware of the stage they’ve just set for future scandals. By acknowledging these to be authentic and also taking claim to them being copyright, it makes websites displaying them to be in legal hot water of copyright infringement, and I foresee this becoming a trend in the near future. I’m not one to judge here, lord knows I’ve done my fair share of less noble stuff in the past. But that doesn’t change the fact that one cannot help but ask one simple question; when will people learn?

Tidbit: My best advice to other celebrities out there, don’t take compromising pictures of yourself with an electronic device that has net capability.