Where Do You Draw the Privacy Line?

Beach Wedding!The bride was beautiful, the groom handsome, the beach setting romantic.  In fact, we enjoyed every minute of the wonderful destination wedding they hosted. However, even romance does not eradicate some of the realities of life in the 21st century.  Accordingly, the happy couple felt compelled to ask their guests to refrain from posting wedding photos and videos on any social media sites.

Welcome to life in the 21st century.

Clearly notions of private life and privacy have undergone some fairly substantial changes in the last few years.  Now that everyone can publish their life via Facebook and Twitter, we are swamped by too much information.  Occasionally, people get carried away and publish the details of lives other than their own.  That’s when we face the dilemma our media-savvy bride and groom clearly were trying to avoid.

Until society adopts an established code of conduct for how we approach the narration of our lives via social media, people are going to have to determine for themselves where they must draw the line in the sand.  Hopefully, that line will take into consideration the privacy needs of those affected by any disclosure.  To their credit, the bride and groom were clear about their expectations and their forthright approach gave the rest of us an opportunity to consider our own limits.

Where do you draw the line?

[Photo Credit: Liz Sullivan]

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2 thoughts on “Where Do You Draw the Privacy Line?

  • May 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm
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    I'd like to know who owns the copyrights to the images?  :-)  The Bride & Groom?  The venue?  The picture taker?  The website on which the pictures are posted?

  • May 31, 2011 at 10:03 pm
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    Mike –

    As with many things, this could be seen as more than a legal issue. To my mind, it concerns how we live in community and interact with each other during this period of transition when we don’t yet have agreed standards for what is or should be private/public.

    – Mary

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