Pornography and Privacy


However, the new media also allows youths to access to pornographic materials. For example, a recent poll on the Internet by Project Eyeball (19 Oct 2000) found that nearly half of the 235 teenagers polled said that they had visited pornographic websites or have been propositioned on-line. Moreover, one of the surveyed, a 15-year old girl revealed that she surfs those sites several times weekly for the past year, claiming that it is an outlet for her raging hormones, and that it isn’t harmful as she would not go to the extent of trying it out, as she doesn’t want to alert her parents. And so she thinks and so we hope. Though, there is yet to be any study to prove the relation between pornographic materials and of that of sexual crimes.


Teenagers and the Internet’s influence

Restricted Privacy?

There comes a trade-off between privacy and ease of getting information. Videos of unsuspecting victims can be posted online and be circulated within minutes of its upload. This can be seen in the Singaporean Sex video scandal from NYP (Feb2006) between Tammy and her boyfriend created a great stir and causing people to wake up to the dangers of the new mass media. The video soon was circulating in other countries too, Tammy’s phone of which the video originated from, was said to be stolen. From this example, we can realize that while the new media gives us freedom to access to more information, it ironically restricts some of our freedom too. Privacy being a traded for the ease in accessing information.


Singapore schoolgirl's homemade sex video widespread
Updated: 2006-03-09 11:33

That thought ran through the minds of a lot of Web surfers last week, at least the ones who regularly check the Technorati Web site (, the Internet equivalent of TV’s Nielsen ratings.

According to the site, the top three subjects the blogosphere was buzzing about were “Tammy,” “ Tammy Download” and “Nyp Tammy.”

According to The Star (Malaysia), “Tammy” was a 17-year-old Singapore student who filmed herself having sex with her boyfriend on her videophone. The phone was lost — then found — by people who released the video onto the Internet.

“I have done nothing wrong,” “Tammy” told The Straits Times, a Malaysian newspaper. “I don’t know why people are making such a big fuss about it. Everyone does it [films video clips of themselves], even my friends.”

“It was just for fun ... we don’t intend to be porn stars,” she added.

Cases like “Tammy’s” may be extreme. Clearly, she never intended for that video to ever make it to the Internet. But the second part of her statement should make people take notice: more young people are snapping pictures and video of themselves on their camera phones... and not always in the best situations.

Those that post their camera phone snapshots online may not intend to become “porn stars,” but as law enforcement and the media have time and time again pointed out, that may be what they unwittingly become to online predators. This raises the question: are camera phones and the Internet a perfect match… or a perfect storm?


an interesting extra link for a debate of pornography online:

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