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Working in the technology sector, in which information is constantly flowing and tech is changing, requires one to view many periodicals “to keep a finger on the pulse’ of new happenings. This week I read an interesting article posted on CNET.COM, which discussed a recent scandal surrounding provocative pictures of celebrities. I have pasted the relevent portions below. For the full article see:  Jennifer Lawrence, failed by the Web, posted on CNET.Com by  |  September 1, 2014 5:45 PM PDT

The article begins as follows:

“We’ve all been naive to believe that there is any sort of true security on the Web. The case of the mass leaking of naked celebrity pictures is just one example.”

As one reads further, you can quickly realize something very important is overlooked, and that is common sense and decency. I hope that parents take this opportunity to speak with their children about the need for propriety, humility, chastity, and plain ol’ decency. I challenge the author to offer insight, for the actress, the celebrities, and others affected to explain “what in the world were they thinking”!!!

I am not attempting to downplay in any manner the breach of trust and confidence that has occurred here. I am saddened that more is not said to discourage our children/young adults/adults to refrain from this behavior. We bring to remembrance the words of the Saviour:

For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. Luke 8:17

So while the world makes excuses for these issues, it simply misses the mark for the greater issue. If one avoids this type of behaviour, they have nothing to fear.

I should also offer a bit of a disclaimer here. My point is not to downplay or belittle this situation of breach of privacy, which is a HUGE issue; but rather to point out that there is something much more important happening and it is being ignored.  As parents/ concerned adults/ clergy we must do everything in our power to teach our children to love God beyond measure, to love their neighbor, and walk in the ‘fear of the Lord’. May it be that our children avoid these pitfalls and snares all the days of their lives.

See more of the article below:

There but for the grace of celebrity go you.

Or maybe you’ve gone there already, after a sext went astray or an image sent in love ended up being used as revenge porn.

The leaking of private pictures — some real, some possibly fake — of undressed female celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence has been dubbed a “scandal.”

Within that word there’s the insidious suggestion that women shouldn’t pose naked, that there’s something untoward in their doing so. There isn’t.

What’s scandalous here is the apparent ease with which these photos were obtained and then disseminated. It signals a truth we’ve always known, but one we often choose to ignore.

In the digital world, anyone can get hold of things we deem very private.

To a large extent, it’s our own fault.

For ease, we sacrificed privacy. We exchanged immediacy for any notion of security. We took one look at the gaudy possibilities of the Web, egged on by those who busily created because they could, not necessarily because they should, and we wanted it all.

The price (well, one of them) is that some dull youth with nothing better to do or think can creep into our most private messages, thoughts and forms of self-expression without so much as announcing himself.

It’s as if anyone can now be the garbage collector who notices you’ve thrown your written diary in the trash and thinks he’ll give it a read.

The difference is that, these days, it’s the thought you’re having right now that can be taken from you — not merely by a a bored teenage boy, but by a thief or a government — and examined for its usefulness to them, be it titillation, compensation or subjugation.

The brilliant movie “The Lives Of Others” showed in a vivid form what it is to have your most personal areas spied upon by the faceless.

It was set, though, in an East Germany that was the opposite of what we call ourselves: free.

Yet if banks, vast corporations and even governments can have their secrets hacked, what hope, what freedom is left for us?

It feels like a game that can never end. For every patch, every form of encryption, there will be a new method of breaching, a newer decoder to strip away our very essence.

We never imagined that the more of ourselves we put onto the Web — a place where everything is recorded forever — the less of our selves we would retain.

Did we bother even to think about whether we trusted the digital world? No. It gave us far too many opportunities to express or, more often, to impress.

Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities who have been the alleged victims of this plain theft trusted the electronics just as much as we do. They thought their private images, their private selves were safe.

But they’re not. And there is little sign that they will be, at least in any foreseeable future.

The Web is host to millions and millions of the paparazzi-minded. It’s home to the hateful, the uncaring, the spiteful and the loathsome.

But where before they mostly heckled from the outside, now they’re inside your home.

Because everyone lives on the Web, don’t they?

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