Nude Celebrity Photos

Big breaking news! Hacked nude photos of celebrities on the Internet! Holy Cow!

UnknownLike, this is the very first time we’ve ever seen pictures of these actresses WITHOUT THEIR CLOTHES ON! I am shocked, shocked.

The celebrities are indignantly huffing and puffing about the scandalous invasion of their privacy.

Excuse me – these people were not kidnapped, forcibly stripped, and photographed against their will. Hello, this is the 21st century. It’s the friggin’ INTERNET. If you don’t want your nude photos splashed all over the Internet – then don’t let them get anywhere near the Internet. Why, it’s just that simple. But, of course, naïve celebrities can’t be expected to understand such things. (Don’t they hire “people” for that?)

[Nerd note: How many hits will this blog get from folks googling “nude celebrity photos?” I got an unexpected traffic spike on a recent post from people using the search term “head chopped off” or variants thereof.]

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10 Responses to “Nude Celebrity Photos”

  1. esnible Says:

    What does it mean to be “near” the Internet?

    I have not looked into this leak, but we have a Fortune 500 vendor claiming to offer world-class security (“iCloud”) which seems to have had a problem with security. http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-fixes-security-flaw-in-find-my-iphone-software-2014-9 . Perhaps celebrities can be taught that if “cloud” is in the name of a technology that the Internet is involved.

    Does the technology make a meaningful difference? In this case the hacker anonymously solicited bitcoin donations to release the photos. Suppose instead celebrities kept tintypes in safety deposit boxes. Suppose the hacker had solicited bitcoin donations for a bank smash-and-grab? Would that be different? Why?

  2. rationaloptimist Says:

    I am not defending any kind of criminal or unauthorized activity. My point is that this is the 21st century and if you want to be sure something is private then don’t put it “anywhere near” the Internet — meaning that it is physically possible to get out of your control. C’mon!

  3. Wolfgang Kurth Says:

    I completetly agree, Frank. Brings to mind the leaked photos of Britney Spears getting out of her limo, and obviously not wearing pants under her just barely long enough skirt.
    Hello? She knew there would be photogs at her destination, and why would she forget the panties under a skirt that could be considered risqué when she was standing up? Sometimes I think fading celebrities use these “slip-ups” as just another way to get their names out there in the media once again. Making public remarks like “Oh, I was so shocked” and “I feel so exposed” to hide the fact that they really are not all that worried about who sees what, as long as it gets them free press (think Miley Cyrus).
    And then there is the “cloud”, the wondrous, mystical, “cloud”. Where all your data will always be secure from prying eyes, be they public or government. As secure a Fort Knox and military intelligence.
    Excuse me? Has everyone stopped thinking?

  4. rationaloptimist Says:

    If you don’t want people to see you nude then don’t get nude in front of a camera. Ain’t rocket science.

  5. bruce Says:

    dude, where on this site are the photos?????

  6. rationaloptimist Says:

    Sorry, this is not a porn site!! This is a site for substantive commentary on serious matters of great public moment.

  7. EriK Says:

    I come for the “Nude Celebrity Photos”, but stay for the rational commentary. Good post Frank.

  8. Hasdrubal Says:

    This should really be a teachable moment, but most people seem to be missing the main point: Technology is ubiquitous, but you still need to spend a little effort to understand it. Smart phones _automatically_ save your pictures to the Internet, not just iPhones, but also Android phones and probably Windows phones as well. They are putting your pictures (and contacts, and browser history, and…) up on the internet without any intervention from you.

    It’s up to you to decide how to handle that. You could choose to not have them automatically back up to the cloud, but that takes manual intervention, You could choose not to use the cameras for things that shouldn’t be public, but that limits what you can do with them. You could accept the risks, but the risks for some people are higher than others.

    The one thing you shouldn’t do is not make a decision through ignorance or laziness.

  9. rationaloptimist Says:

    Thanks, I did NOT know that smartphones automatically put photos on the cloud. (I do not use one.)

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