At what point is my privacy protected? And even if it is violated legally, is there even such a thing as reparations in the courts that would satisfy me should I be egregiously abused online.
I mean check this out. It’s a spy pen. For forty bucks I can buy a video camera that looks like a simple writing utensil. This means that I can perform a little bit of “gotya journalism” more readily than ever. You just take somebody out of context when they did not even know they were being recorded, upload it to the web (whereby a potential audience of millions can see it) and poof!… Worlds change.
Think about it. Careers of people you don’t like can more easily be ripped down. Reputations of people you want to burn can more easily be torn asunder. Marriages are more vulnerable to innuendo than ever.
And in the living archeology that is the internet, once it’s up, it almost never comes down.
We are practically living in an age where it doesn’t matter if your rights are being violated because the damage can (and will be, in some cases) so immediately great that adjudication of the matter in the wheels-of-justice-turn-slowly courts is practically moot.
Cyberbullying might feel like a recent phenomenon but I have a feeling we are just seeing the start of a new wave of calamity.
The ain’t-no-real-justice-to-be-had wave.
Oh how the spy pen is so much more mighty than the sword.