The divorce suit of Seo Tai-ji, one of most famous singers in Korea, and E Ji-ah, the TV actress, has heated up South Korea. Why are people interested in the news about the suit, and why do they criticize the couple openly? In my opinion, this news became gossip simply because they are celebrities. Most people think that these kinds of things are common, so they do not take this behavior seriously. It is the same throughout the world.
And the news about iPhone and Android tracking has also been issued all over the world. This fact is not hard to find. The Huffington Post reported that “iPhone Will Track you Even After Location Services Are Disabled” and The Guardian also reported that “iPhone and Android phones are building vast databases for Google and Apple.” After this was reported, some customers sued Apple over iPhone location-data collection. I think people are seriously aware of this problem.
How can they be seriously aware of the iPhone and Android tracking problem, but not think seriously about their criticisms of celebrities? In one of my lectures, a professor of the Dept. of Philosophy said, “Recently, the divorce suit of Seo Tai-ji and E Ji-ah was made public, and they are being criticized openly. Why are they being criticized? They are ordinary people, too.” When I heard that, I agreed with her opinion.
Now, think about the difference between these two issues. And what are the criteria of infringement of privacy? I just want people to think for a moment about the situation of Seo Tai-ji and E Ji-ah, so we do not see an incident such as a suicide caused by internet bullying.
by Ryu Seung-bong, Editor-in-Chief
Ryu Seung-Bong firstname.lastname@example.org
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