Privacy vs. Publicity

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You walk into a restaurant one afternoon to enjoy a pleasant lunch. You sit down, the waitress takes your order, and you proceed to read an article from your favorite magazine as you wait. You suddenly notice that a couple at another couple starts arguing, with each of them fully yelling at the other. After a minute or so, you then notice someone else at a different table with their phone out, video recording the whole fiasco at the table with the young couple. They seem to be enjoying the moment with their group of friends at the table, and your over hear the person with the video mention they plan to upload it straight to Facebook. You realize it's not your business, but you start to wonder: is that really right of that group of people to make a situation like that public?

The borderline of privacy and publicity seems to be unsteady with this new, rising age of electronics and technology. Science has taken the human race on an unimaginable journey through time and space. We can fly around the world in less than a day. And yet, this feat used to take months. The same could be said for the way we communicate with one another. Years ago, the most anxious part of the our day was to run out to the mailbox and see if the postal man had brought you a letter of response, be it family or friend. Now days, you can simply take a picture of a family event and upload it to Facebook, Twitter, or any other social networking site for that matter. You can even email it. Social media has not only transformed how we make contact with one another, but also how we view others and the lives they live. It has become a way of life, and the same could be said for cellphones. Nearly 80% of our world population uses a mobile phone. But where exactly do we draw the borderline between privacy and publicity? Let's…...

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