Tag Archives: media

Social media: privacy and implied permission

Occasionaly I receive notification that someone has started following me on Twitter or has befriended me on some other social media service; but on visiting their profile I find that their updates are protected and I need to request permission to see them.

While I accept that people may want to keep their updates private I don’t understand the rationale behind it. Why would you want to join a microblogging service like Twitter, yet not make what you’re publishing public? If you’re using it to broadcast something not quite legal, why draw attention to yourself by creating a profile at all? If you’re simply paranoid about privacy, then perhaps you should reconsider your involvement in social media and stick to something more private, like e-mail.

The point I want to make relates to not being able to see updates from someone that has followed or befriended me. My feelings are that the act of you following or befriending me should implicitly, and automatically, grant me the rights to follow or befriend you without me needing to ask you for additional permission to do so.

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Harry Potter is Evil?

This past Sunday the Sunday Times reported as follows;

A BLOEMFONTEIN matric pupil refused to answer an English exam question on Harry Potter because he believes the fictional wizard boy promotes witchcraft. Full Story Here

I can’t understand how people can believe Harry Potter is promoting witchcraft, yet are quite happy to accept many other children’s fantasy tales. It’s all just fantasy. Surely the issue is more about parents educating their children in what is real and what is fantasy and should be read without being taken literally.