Friday, March 5, 2010

* Good Ol' Golden Rule Days (or Nights)

Lasman: Reacting to webcam wiretapping


By Sam Lasman
Contributing Reporter
The Yale Daily News
Published Thursday, March 4, 2010

I try to keep a fairly well kempt online persona. My Facebook pictures don’t get a lot more incriminating than the odd Solo-cup-in-hand candid and a couple unflattering shots of my blindingly white belly basking on sunlit shores. With the exception of strangely undeletable Amazon reviews written in my prepubscence, I haven’t attached my name to many deeply embarrassing causes, message boards or (as yet) police reports. But thus far my vigilance hasn’t extended to my activities immediately offscreen. Perhaps, it should.
In a distinctly Orwellian turn of events, last month it was...

#1 By Nosey School 5:17a.m. on March 4, 2010

Bedroom. Live. Home. Invitation. Guest.


#2 By BR '11 10:40a.m. on March 4, 2010

If PK's comment was meant to say, "A bedroom and a home where you live should only be invaded by guests you invite", then I agree. How can the school board have thought this was a good idea? Did they have lawyers who approved it?

Our culture is becoming absurdly exhibitionist anyway - no need for schools to create such trends in their students...

#3 By Quality posting 11:26a.m. on March 4, 2010

Couch. Open. Cushions. Expectations. Dog.


#4 By postku 1:57p.m. on March 4, 2010

Post. Word. Sequence. Meaning. Result.

#5 By uktsop 9:56p.m. on March 4, 2010

Landfill. Garbage. Heap. Useless. Stop.


#6 By @ #2 10:12p.m. on March 4, 2010

I only read one piece on this story and it was a while back, so I might be getting it wrong, but I believe the idea behind the laptop cameras was to prevent theft. The school was loaning out laptops to its students, and they were understandably worried about them getting stolen. So they put cameras in the laptops that were supposed to take one still photo when administrators thought that the laptop had been stolen or lost. It's not a completely crazy idea, but it is clearly pretty easy to abuse and it definitely could have been implemented better.

#7 By STUPID 1:29p.m. on March 5, 2010

# 6

Except that the student bringing the lawsuit was accused of using and perhaps trying to sell drugs by the school from video taken in the student's bedroom.


#8 By postku 4:17p.m. on March 5, 2010

Landfill. Seepage. Water. Miscarriage. Ignorance.


#9 By Endlessly Vomitious 7:15a.m. on March 6, 2010

What will be the damage to an entire generation if it grows up believing it is not ENTITLED to privacy? If it grows up seeing CONFESSIONAL expression (from Oprah to Facebook to Twitter) beatified?

Will there be any There there for those children? Or will they be endlessly vomitious?


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