Thursday, February 12, 2009

Privacy or Not

Recently I read an article in either Dear Abby or Ann Landers (yes I admit it I am addicted to these two) anyway the letter was about the fact that this woman who had a friend who was constantly posting pictures of her on the internet. She didn't want it, she didn't like it and she didn't know how to stop it. The answer unfortunately was if you can't get her to stop then duck when the camera comes out. I didn't like that answer, it was a realistic one, but I still didn't like it.

I honestly feel that there has to be some room for respect and privacy. As a blogger I feel like I can write about anything until someone requests otherwise. Maybe that is an assumption but one I do go on. For instance, I had written a couple of blogs about a family member but was asked to remove them as she didn't want her personal business out there. So I did, it was actually the first time I had ever deleted a blog for any reason. The thing is, I probably should have been more aware of the rights of others before I ever wrote the blog. I should have understood the basic concept of privacy and respect.

I am not sure why this letter hit such a nerve with me but I do think we all need to remember that while we love this thing called blogging, we don't have carte blanche with the people around us (husbands and kids aside). I don't mean to come of as lecturing I guess I am just voicing an inner thought and trying to correct my errors.

1 comment:

  1. What about changing the names to protect the innocent (or guilty, as the case may be)?

    And if it's a relative, you could your neighbor's sister or whatever.

    The gist of the blog post would be the same, and the content factual, just the names would be changed.

    I've read plenty of blogs that mention doing this out of protection for their family/friends and the comments when they blogged about doing it were all positive.