I don’t know if you happened to read the story on the NineMSN about the two teachers losing their jobs for performing a raunchy lap dance in front of high school students but it has just dawned on me (again) that we are now living the reality of 1984, a classic piece of literature from George Orwell.
If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie then here is the low down on this classic:
a dystopian novel about the totalitarian regime of the Party, an oligarchical collectivist society where life in the Oceanian province of Airstrip One is a world of perpetual war, pervasive government surveillance, public mind control, and the voiding of citizens’ rights.
I don’t want to be a complete downer but that kind of sounds like the world we live in. The difference is that it’s not the government surveillance you have to worry about, it’s the people standing all around you.
Now some would say that maybe this isn’t such a bad thing, I mean if you capture someone on your phone camera committing a crime and this can be used as evidence to convict well maybe that is not such a bad thing.
If weirdos are filming young children or positioning cameras in places that will compromise peoples privacy well this is ‘definitely a bad thing’.
As for the teachers well I am not so sure on this one. They were in a public venue at a high school and they did get a little carried away, but was it worthy of them losing their jobs? I have my own opinion but I will keep that to myself.
There is a larger issue at work here though and it’s more than just the age old formula of ‘Sex Sells’. Media Giants have recognised the publics obsession with all things everything. This insatiable appetite is feeding the media just what they want and this is being used to their advantage. Your public humiliation means $’sto them. How? The more traffic that is driven to web sites containing these ‘shocking’ stories, the more potential clicks the media companies get and the more ad revenue they can generate.
So who is worse, the public for having an appetite or the media companies for exploiting that appetite? It’s a self perpetuating monster unfortunately and one that is not going to go away anytime soon.
But you and I can make a difference. I am making my pledge here and now on BondiGeek not use sensationalist stories to promote my own public image in an attempt to make money. Public humiliation is not in my brief. I am attempting to present useful and factual information here on this site to help that one person that is looking for an answer or just a good (I hope) read and in doing so wish no harm to others.
Yes I do have ads on my site and yes I do hope people click on them but I am doing that from a position where I feel morally justified to maybe earn a few bucks. I am writing about technology, something that interests me and giving others either some insight or a solution to a problem or perhaps just a few minutes entertainment.
Society as a whole can help by using some self restraint and not looking to make a $ at the expense of others. Think about it, one day it could be you filmed or photographed doing a seemingly innocent act; spun the wrong way this could have a devastating affect on your life.