The Line Between Advice and Blame

edwardspoonhands:

Some people don’t seem to get this. They say “If you don’t want your noodz stolen, don’t put them on iCloud!” And then everyone’s freaks out and they’re like “I’m just giving advice!”

Because there’s two ways that sentence could be understood. To them it sounds like “Here is some helpful advice…

Also, maybe I’m wrong but the fact that someone had to hack in to get the pictures means that they weren’t somewhere that anyone could see them. In no way were they on display. Someone had to actually go in and get them.

Obviously we need to take care to protect our sensitive data but as Hank says, it’s important to make sure that we know that the person to blame is the person who stole those photos. What they did is the electronic equivalent of breaking into a house, rifling through some drawers, finding some photos and sending them to a newspaper.

We all have a right to expect private things that are kept in a private place to remain private. This may be utterly naive as it has been proven time and time again that this is pretty much impossible, certainly in today’s society, but that does not make it any less true. What is important is not just making sure that we are all adequately aware of how to keep our private data private but also to crack down on hackers who want to cause harm by making the personal public.

Furthermore, there’s a difference between hacking a government server to publish documents that prove wrongdoing and stealing private photos which are not in anyway incriminating or shameful. I am advocating neither but whilst the latter is merely a gross invasion of privacy, the former is grounded in a certain amount of morals and ethics. The first has educative value and allows for oversight where none might otherwise be forthcoming (it is, of course, important to acknowledge that it would most likely have many negative effects that we would most likely want to avoid). The second serves no useful purpose. It is merely a way of causing hurt and distress to someone who does not deserve it.

In a less general sense, I also want to point out that Jennifer Lawrence’s body belongs to no one but herself. The public does not have a right to it nor to the nude photos which were leaked. If this had been a male celebrity, people would most likely not have cared as much, firstly because male nudity is more acceptable and secondly because men’s bodies are not objectified to the same extent as women’s.

(I didn’t know I had so much to say on the subject. I totally didn’t mean this to be so long… I got rather carried away… Please feel free to correct me if I got anything wrong, I haven’t been following the story that closely)

I GOT PUBLISHED!!!!!! (granted, it’s an online university college (Birkbeck- we’re part of the University of London if you’re interested) magazine set up by two people I met doing my post-grad and i’m not getting paid but it’s still awesome)

You can read it here:

http://flocktothecrownbbk.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/the-als-ice-bucket-challenge-is-there-any-value-in-celebrity-slacktivism/

Apparently I reblog things from Kirri a lot. This is not surprising. Also, I looked at my liked posts and most of the most recent ones are also Kirri’s. Again, I suppose this should not be surprising.

I wish:

I was skinny.
I was a character in ‘The West Wing’ (finally started watching it and it’s my new favourite show).
I was in New York or San Francisco (or even properly in London, just not living in my parents house in the arse end of nowhere).

historicaltimes:

A Heinkel He111 bomber over the London Docks, taken from another German bomber at the beginning of the London Blitz, 7th September 1940 -
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historicaltimes:

A Heinkel He111 bomber over the London Docks, taken from another German bomber at the beginning of the London Blitz, 7th September 1940 -

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i’ve been nominated for the ice bucket challenge. by the most unexpected person. oh yay. i don’t like this. i don’t like this at all…

I should really post something on my blog cos I haven’t posted for over a week because I was writing a short story for a writing competition but all I want to talk about is how fucking cute Enrique Murciano is and my confusion of why a photo of some vegetarian risotto is my most liked instagram post. I mean, why?! What did I do differently? It’s got around 18 likes. I’ve never gotten more than 13 before, wtf is happening. It was a fantastic risotto though…

(Source: tonysassy)

So, do it. Decide. Is this the life you want to live? Is this the person you want to love? Is this the best you can be? Can you be stronger? Kinder? More Compassionate? Decide. Breathe in. Breathe out and decide

Meredith Grey (via staygoldcrocadily)

(Source: whilde-daisi)

creativehouses:

The Natural History Museum, London
Source: Ionisation (reddit)

creativehouses:

The Natural History Museum, London

Source: Ionisation (reddit)

This makes me feel stupidly happy <3

i wish i was [more] interesting