Perceived privacy in a public world

In today’s world, social media is impacting the way we socialise. We are living in a society where it’s understood that when a camera pointing at you no matter what footage it takes it is more than likely uploaded to a world wide audience.  I’m a sucker for sneakily filming friends and family and posting them online without permission, however when I look closely, there could be some ethical issues concerning privacy.

It is said by Lasen and Gomez-Cruz that the convergence of digital cameras has contributed to the ‘redefinition of public and private and the transformation of their boundaries’. This is true as we are living in a world where ephemeral platforms define the way we post content. Evolving with new technologies to hide behind ‘anonymous ways to share the secret stuff we’d never want linked to our names’. One example I believe has this feature is the way way we use or abuse the app Snapchat. Let’s pick out Snapchat’s main distinction from other platforms. Simply, you can send or receive videos or photos for less than ten seconds before they disappear. This is happening as our technology is advancing and therefore ‘phone etiquette has changed substantially due to their proliferation across ages, classes and geographies’. So our privacy is secure, right? Unfortunately, no, this is the danger in perceived privacy, we just aren’t aware of the amount of servers one photo transfers through just to reach the person you’re sending it.

The risk of perceived privacy is what has changed in the way we communicate through media technologies It has resulted in the blurring line between public and private spaces. Because we feel safe relying on their feature of anonymity it means we do not consider our online identity the same way we consider ourselves in the real world. Due to this it makes it difficult to monitor any unethical content due to it being a worldwide practice.

Check out how ‘private’ snapchat really is…


Burkeman, Oliver. ‘Do The New Anonymous Social Media Apps Encourage Us To Overshare?’.the Guardian. N.p., 2014. Web. 2 Sept. 2015.

Lasén, Amparo, and Edgar Gómez-Cruz. ‘Digital Photography And Picture Sharing: Redefining The Public/Private Divide’. Knowledge, Technology & Policy 22.3 (2009): 205-215. Web.

‘The Top 5 New Rules Of Public Smartphone Etiquette.—FIVE THOT Discover Ideas, People, Views, Lifestyles And Business’. N.p., 2013. Web. 4 Sept. 2015.


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