CNN’s Manav Tanneeru reported that “In 2006, Stacy Snyder was a 25-year-old single mother hoping to begin a career as an educator. She had finished her coursework and was a student teacher. Yet Millersville University, located in Pennsylvania, wouldn’t give her a degree. Snyder filed a lawsuit alleging the school denied her a degree because administrators discovered a photo on her MySpace page that showed her wearing a pirate’s hat and drinking from a plastic cup, with the caption ‘drunken pirate.’ She lost her case. According to the decision by the court, the school provided alternative reasons for denying Snyder a degree.”
This definitely poses the question as to where the line should be drawn between our public and private lives. With websites such as Flickr, YouTube and Twitter, it is easy to share photographs, videos and our personal feelings with the entire world. Because personal communications and revelations are all over the internet, the public and private portions of our lives are being mixed together in the fog. When the “inappropriate” private portion of our lives becomes public to our employers, for instance, should we be denied career opportunities and advancement?
The law has not caught up with current technology. With the rate at which technology is progressing, I wonder if the law will ever catch up and separate our public and private information. Until it does, all aspects of our lives will continue to be under scrutiny and possible condemnation if we we put the information out there for others to observe.
What are your thoughts on the public vs private vs law and accountability issue?