Journalism Privacy in the Information Age

In a society that is known historically for progress, adaptation is a key to survival. Today, that progress is seen in the technological realm, as electronic advances are more common than ever. In what is deemed the “Information Age,” society is able to communicate with people across the world in the blink of an eye. A multitude of websites creates an endless database of information available to the public. However, these luxuries have created a negative subculture in the online community. With the rise in the popularity of the Internet, a number of users have used public forums like message boards and comment areas as a place to attack others, using their user names as protection against possible identification. Society has also placed a large emphasis on social media, as entire lives are broadcasted over the Internet. Social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and Myspace reveal specific information about people that likely would not have been known without Internet publication. With all this information available to practically anyone, a logical expectation of privacy has been lost in the virtual database.

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Note: This assignment was completed for my Journalism 208: Law of the Press class.