Visual Culture And Privacy

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Introduction Visual culture entails the study of cultural aspects relying on visual images. The visual images may be represented on videos, pictures, comics and traditional artworks as well as modern art (Chris, 2008). Therefore, contemporary visual culture may be described as an interdisciplinary study that focuses on how culture relying on visual images, affects or influences people in this time and age. Contemporary visual culture contributes greatly to the formation of social environments as well as identities of the people in the current world. Privacy in the contemporary visual art has been a topic for many to talk about, with many scholars like Stephen (2009) arguing that privacy has been breached when it comes to matters pertaining …show more content…

For instance, Rapleaf used Facebook data to sell profiles of ignorant users. A survey conducted in 2009, by the University of Cambridge, shows that it difficult to understand privacy policies by social mediums, since there were no standards existing for the said privacy policies. However, Facebook has since addressed the concern by the public pertaining privacy of its users. Therefore, it is evident enough that social media needs regulation to avoid case that follow after the privacy of a user has been tampered with. The visual images have the ability to speak louder than words. It is by this characteristic, that many values in the present day are ignored. The use of social media for advertising purposes is raising ethical concerns since the right information gets in the head of malicious users. Various websites, like Wikileaks, have been seen to leak very confidential information to the public. This has translated to psychological stress to the victims, an event that psychologists say can cause trauma. Karen(2010) explains that, ignoring privacy policies can not only be explained as unethical but also cunning and …show more content…

Cyber bullying is commonly used to refer to a social vice, where social networking platforms are used to frequently harass, intimidate or threaten an individual. Children are often caught up in cyber bullying cases by the virtue of being the victim or the bully (Daniel, 2013). Children are highly susceptible to cyber bullying with regard to their early access to the internet and technology as whole. A recent case of cyber bullying case has been that of a school boy from Georgia Atlanta named Henry Timothy. Henry, a sixth grade pupil, arrived in his new school with eagerness to learn. One day while browsing, he once encountered a picture himself he had shared earlier on, labeled as “The Fat Nerd”. He became really upset and replied to the post to express his distress. Unfortunately, the comments that followed became nastier and louder even on the playground. This caught the attention of a tutor who intervened after learning of what was going on, as it was explained to him by

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