Week 11

1. I feel as though pictures of children on the internet used to be harmless, but as technology advances, monsters can hide behind their computer screen and Photoshop, manipulate, or use an image of a child to their discretion in a disturbing manner. I feel like no child has their right to privacy on the internet and an innocent photo of a child’s face could be used in negative ways. I feel like pictures of children on the internet should remain innocent, but filters can only do so much to block the negativity reaching people online. Most child photography is probably safe out there on the internet, but there is a portion that is being used in a negative manner.

2. I feel very conflicted about sexuality on the internet. On one hand, sexuality may be embraced and considered an art form (nude modeling for example). On the other hand, it can be very deprecating and disturbing (certain types of pornography). For the most part, as long as naked images aren’t popping up on every advertisement I feel it’s okay, but I am then conflicted by the what-if’s. There are so many people out there with sex addictions who can’t leave their computer or the people who feel like they can’t measure up to the perfect “sex life” as shown through pornography. So once again, I am conflicted with the positives and negatives.

3. According to the article New York Magazine Publishes Faux-Kiddie Porn by Jessica Ogilvie, New York magazine published a scandalous picture of what “looks” like a middle age girl taking her top off. The magazine published an article that contradicts this picture in describing the ways in which adolescents are affected by the spread of internet pornography. I agree with Jessica in that publishing a picture of what appears to be a sexualized teenager doesn’t exactly make a point about the concerns of easy access pornography to children. The cover almost looks like a cover for an erotic magazine or movie, rather than a cover meant to go against pornography. I think New York Magazine used this as a technique to get people to pick up more magazines and read them. It is a shocking image but I feel like the context is all wrong and they shouldn’t have used a picture to prove their point.

4. People have a right to fear the dissemination of their images through the internet. Dangers could include a party picture getting into the wrong hands such as potential employers or could cause expulsion from certain schools. The good aspect is the simplicity with which we can spread images or photography to other users. The problem is that once we post a picture, there is no telling whose hands it may end up in or what that user will do with it. I used to have a Myspace as a teenager and I would post pictures but I have never posted uncompromising pictures of myself on the internet. I still use Facebook today as a means to communicate with family and friends. I believe the internet is an easy way to bully someone. You can make up lies or save emails and spread them to mass populations. I feel like this is illegal because it’s technically slanderous but it still happens. I feel if someone feels threatened they shouldn’t use email, or they should change their email. When I was in high school, another girl stole someone’s cell phone and took a picture of an obese girl in the locker room and sent it to everyone at the school. This is an example of cyber bullying in my opinion. It is easy access to negatively viewing others and I believe sometimes we can help it, but sometimes it is out of our own control.

5. People can be bullied in many ways through technology including cell phones, computers, images, texts, and emails. All it takes is one person to say one thing and it is a constant game of telephone. People can manipulate stories and the initial story can become just one big lie. Pictures can be manipulated, messages can be changed, and people have easy access to these things now more than ever. I think advanced technology advances bullying particularly for teenagers. Although a lot of people wouldn’t say the things they personally say through the internet, a lot of teens have access to public forums such as Facebook. Of course, a person can be flagged but what good can this do when someone is threatening another through text messages or is spreading rumors?

6. I use picture messaging for Facebook mainly just to post pictures of events, myself, my family, and my cats. I don’t really send photos unless I take a funny photo, a pretty picture of nature, or a picture of my cat. I’d say this happens every week maybe once or twice.

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