A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Ethical Inquiry’s look at nude photo scandals and privacy rights

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The Philosophy DUG’s lunch series, Ethical Inquiry, is hosting a presentation and discussion tomorrow that will delve into the complexities of celebrity nude photo scandals and privacy rights.

When you hear about X celebrity’s most recent nude photo release, do you feel compelled to explore the dark depths of reddit and 4chan trying to find it? Do you feel guilty, as though you’re invading another person’s privacy? Or is it that person’s duty to be more responsible with their personal lives and activities? How are these laws of guilt or fault defined? Ethical Inquiry believes that “leaked” photo scandals violate privacy rights, and they’ll give you free Kabob and Curry if you stop by JWW 501 tomorrow at noon to hear why.

The expectation of privacy through any form of media may very well be a lost cause. Nowadays, if you take a naked selfie, or any other kind of picture on your phone, that picture is most likely going to be saved to your iCloud. So, if Anthony Weiner or Miley Cyrus or whoever else has chosen to share their precarious pictures with the populace, knowingly uploads them to an accessible database, are they not compromising their own privacy?

This event is completely student run, and the presentation will be led by Hannah Begley ’15. She hopes to see the discussion take on a roller coaster of ideas and concepts including, but not limited to, “sex tapes and revenge porn!” If you’re free at 12p.m. tomorrow or just happen to be strolling by JWW, you should check it out. It’s porn and free curry, come on. Oh, and ethics too.

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