The sneaky pic will make you or break you

I don’t know about you but one of my biggest and more ridiculous fears is being caught taking a sneaky pic. You know, when you see something hilarious and you HAVE to send a picture of it to your friend. So you take your phone out and pretend you its normal for you to be text holding your phone up in the air and after it’s too late and everyone is staring at you, you realise the flash was on.

While I’m sure I share this fear with many others, it is certainly one that has only existed in modern times. The smartphone has allowed us to capture a moment and send it to others in a matter of seconds and it seems we believe we can take pictures of anything and anyone. Everyone with a smartphone is a paparazzi and it seems we all go by the motto, “What they don’t know can’t hurt them.”

Child star, Cole Spouse has created an Instagram account @camera_ duels dedicated to catching people trying to capture a subtle pic of the ex-actor and obviously failing. So chances are if you think you’ve nailed the art of the sneaky pic, you’re probably wrong.

There are many debates on what constitutes as a ‘public space as there is no clear definition. An overall understanding is a place that is generally open and accessible by the public. “In Australia it is permitted to take a photo in any public place and use that photo or video for any non-commercial purpose” (White Hat, 2014). Technically you can photograph anyone as long as they are in a public space, but it still doesn’t seem ethical. It seems that the more we use our phones, the less ‘private space’ we truly have.

I picture it as everyone in his or her own individual bubble. While everyone has their own space, and uses their own device, our bubbles are clear. Therefore, everyone can see what each other’s doing. A ‘private space’ is identified as “the region surrounding a person which they regard as psychologically theirs”. At the click of a finger, our phones are intruding these spaces. Smartphones have blurred the line between private and public spaces; under a false pretence that everyone is just anti-social. We might be hiding behind our phones, but we’re looking out at everyone.


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