Note to Self: Never Tweet “That Dress Makes You Look Fat”

As my Internet law students know from my recent classroom rambles lately I am focused–it sounds much better than obsessed–with exploring and defining the complex relationship between privacy, , and electronic data tracking. The issues are not new to me but something has ratcheted up my appetite for privacy stories, like this from the NYTimes about tensions that arise when one partner in a couple objects to the other partner’s public disclosures.

[S]ome spouses have started insisting that their partners ask for approval before posting comments and photographs that include them. Couples also are talking through rules as early as the first date (a kind of social media prenup) about what is O.K. to share.

“Talking through rules as early as the first date?” Do couples handle these conversations face to face or via text? I’m just wondering.

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  • Alex Greer

    This is absolutely ridiculous! (Maybe my views are a little skewed because I do not have a twitter) But getting mad that someone tweeted (Is that right???) that you took a nap seems a little psychotic. If you do not want to be in the public spotlight than maybe you shouldn’t marry a celebrity. In a more generalized sense, I think that the writer just wrote about a few isolated cases because I have never heard of anyone getting mad at their other half for tweeting something about them or even laying down ground rules on the first date.

  • Raymond Lin

    This privacy issue here reminded me about a post about tracking your spouse’s iPhone with an app. Your spouse may have no idea that you have it installed and that you are checking up on her, yet this application still exists. This goes to show that technology is definitely not going to stop with the rise of social media, but this changes the whole dynamics of relationships as you have mentioned. It is up to couple to decide whether conversations are face to face or via text. From this article, it seems that the lack of enthusiasm for social media from one partner, may hinder any conversation primarily by text. I personally agree with your case in class that a face to face conversation should be encouraged in the classroom. These past few classes were interesting in I also believed the class was way too quiet prior to class beginning. We were all immersed into technology with our laptops in front of us as we checked emails and the different social media platforms before class began. Getting a bit off topic, I guess it was interesting to see how SMG has incorporated technology into the classrooms such as room 326. I personally have a class in there and it has been an interesting experience thus far.