by Charles Hitchins
Take a look at these three pictures. What do they all have in common?
If you said they are all cameras you are correct! Your smart phone, point and shoot, or video camera all capture images that will be with us for the remainder of time, if they end up on-line.
Video’s are resurfacing. A video of republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan has appeared where he claims 30 percent of America wants a welfare state. His running mate, governor Mitt Romney famously had his own video problems with his 47 percent hidden video comment. It’s not just Republicans with videos resurfacing. A 2007 video released on the Daily Caller is giving President Obama a headache.
And don’t forget celebrities, Prince Harry was photographed in the nude after inviting some people up to his room who used their phones to snap the pictures. Lindsay Lohan is having her own issues with a congressional staffer over some cell phone pics.
Current James Bond, Daniel Craig, said it best in a recent Vanity Fair article, “Back in the day, you could go and have a drink in the bar, get drunk, fall over, have a good time, relax, whatever, and no one would know about it. But now everyone’s got a camera.” But, I know what you are thinking, these are all famous people and with fame comes the unwritten rule that, right or wrong, your lives are no longer private.
But for those of us not living in the limelight should remember that we have our own versions of TMZ. You might know them as Facebook, twitter, and instagram. Thus, images show up every day on the Internet of normal people doing things they would probably rather not have the world knowing about. Whether it’s that drunken night at the bar with your friends who just needed to take that video of you passed out on the floor or the private pictures you send people that you would rather remain private. When those images make their way onto the web they are there forever!
In this technological age we all need to remember that big brother, best friend, co-worker, and that guy or girl we think is the “one” is always watching. Human beings will always do questionable things, it’s in our nature. It’s just now there are more cameras out there to capture those moments in their full crystal clear HD moments. Just think about that the next time you hit post or send.