Britney Spears is pregnant. Hurrah. Huzzah. And isn’t it a wonderful thing? With the advent of the World Wide Web, Britney Spears can, in one push of a button, announce that she is pregnant to millions of fans, cranks, obsessed, and even disinterested people. Britney can truly announce “to the world” that she is pregnant. But should she?
Let’s face it, if the web didn’t exist, would she have taken out a full page in the New York Times?
I doubt it.
And think about it – is this what our Internet founding fathers envisioned when they created the World Wide Web? World wide pregnancy announcements? Not, mind you, that there is anything wrong with that. It’s just an interesting indicator of how the Internet has blossomed, mushroomed, and mutated in the past several years.
And how used we have become to people relinquishing all thoughts of privacy, and baring their all in the public square of the Internet.
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Ten years ago celebrities, even if they thought their fans cared that they were pregnant, rarely made such blatant announcements.
Twenty years ago celebrities didn’t announce it at all.
Longer ago than that celebrities often hid the fact that they were pregnant.
The point is, the advent of the Internet has brought about a new level of sharing and shedding of privacy… even decorum if you will. You can find websites where people share pretty much every aspect of their personal lives – often more than you’d think they would – and sometimes even more than they should. Let’s face it, a lot of these people sure don’t look like Britney Spears.
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How far would you go, dear readers? What would you share on the Internet? What have you shared on the Internet?
Curious minds want to know.
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