If you must picture yourself taking selfies…

Of course, one would assume that if you must insist on taking ‘risqué’ photos of yourself (or getting someone else to take them), online ‘cloud’ storage such as Apple’s iCloud, is probably not the best place to store such things.  That being said, how horrid it must be to have your most private images available for anyone to see.


Celebrities and their lawyers can threat all they want to people who may take it upon themselves to share such things, but there is little they can do.  Yes, there have been stories of arrests made on people who have decided to target people with vile, nasty comments/tweets etc. But there seems to be little social networks can do to manage the spread of controversial content.  Can they stop people downloading such images to keep on their computers/phones etc? No.  And this is perhaps something that the founders of Twitter (launched as Twitr in March 2006) did not envisage happening and now it is too late.

What do you think?  Comments below please!

By the way, anyone get the pun in the title? Was quite proud of that.


Is Kick-Ass an example of how we are desensitised to violence in the media?

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The pitfalls of social networking…

Disclaimer: Before I begin, I would like to stress that I actually detest the X Factor and am not sure how I know about this.

So apparently James Arthur, who won X Factor (last year?) Has got himself into a spot of bother by (amongst other things) starting a Twitter argument with various celebrities.


It is surprising how often that this seems to happen with people in the public eye, with many thousands of young, impressionable fans watching their every move.

See: Amanda Bynes vs. Rihanna, Directioners vs. British GQLord Sugar vs. Donald Trump.

Apparently, all this fuss has caused poor James to suffer ‘acute exhaustion’, whilst his record label have had to step in and take over his Twitter account to prevent further ‘brand risk’.

What are our thoughts on this? Should celebrities use Twitter? Why?

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Lidl’s new Christmas advert

Bit of a personal one this one, apologies in advance.

The new Lidl advert (I saw on Channel 4 over the weekend) featured a product which is basically chicken, duck and turkey in one (I forgot the proper name for this), in my opinion this is foul (no pun intended) enough, but the advert ended with the line ‘so everyone’s happy, well except for the duck, chicken and turkey’.

Now, this hit a nerve, as I found this to be in quite bad taste, so as you do I went onto Lidl’s Facebook to lodge a complaint.  There I was surprised to see that I was far from the only one as several people seemed quite upset about it.  Following others steps I then went to the Advertising Standards Agency website to lodge a formal complaint, I also Twitted the ASA to back this up, and they actually tweeted back to let me know that they were looking into it.

So there you go, advertising can engage the audience in negative ways and using eMedia to contact institutions, I was able to have a forum to air my distaste.