Ah, yes, nekkid pictures, the lifeblood of the internet. And thanks to the interest the internet has in nekkid pictures, we have a scandal of earth-shattering import: female celebrities’ iCloud accounts were hacked!
ME: Uh, if the investigation that Apple did is to be believed, no, the server wasn’t hacked, the security protection was breached (psst, they figured out your password, bunkie, hope it wasn’t “ABC123”).
THEM: But still, privacy was violated!
ME: Yeah, and your point is?
THEM: But… but… some of the photos were fake!
ME: Really? Then they either weren’t part of some grand hacking scheme or those “fake” photos were uploaded to iCloud by you, little miss fake nekkid pictures!
Yep, all of that, in one form or another, was spouted off by poor little celebrities who feel violated because seeing them naked has some kind of cachet on the internet. But you know who I feel bad for? Ricky Gervais. Yeah, old Ricky injected a little common sense into this entirely stupid collapse of responsibility by stating that if you want to upload your nekkid pictures, don’t live in that fantasy world where it stays protected from prying eyes and is safe forever and ever and ever! And noses were promptly set out of joint as they are wont to do when victims are feeling flush in their victimhood.
Victim shaming? Hardly, unless it’s a bad thing to get these “victims” to admit to themselves that uploading those kind of pictures was a stupid thing to do… duh…
The simple truth is this: if a security system is invented by Man, it can be broken by Man; that’s just the way the world works, sorry. Nothing you upload is guaranteed impervious to theft, but everything you upload is out of your control, just ask Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who said that her photos had been deleted “long ago”. If that’s the truth, why were they still accessible in any form or fashion? That is a question I would like answered!
The “Cloud”, or as I call it, “Bill Gates’ wet-dream with an assist from Steve Jobs”, is not safe for confidential information and never will be. You don’t know who has access to it and you never will know that. How could it be safe?
I despise social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) with a passion and this is part of the reason why. People are going to do and say stupid things and be victimized by other people doing stupid things and then we all get to “enjoy” the drama because people won’t admit that what they were doing was stupid!
Between a government that acts like children in a slapfight with the media egging them on and people who won’t take responsibility for their own actions and acknowledge that maybe those duck-faced nekkid selfies weren’t all that important after all, I have to ask, Are their any adults in the room?