Pelopidas wrote:On another note, if this guy was my roomate id move out and even if he is convicted i dont think we have to overeact and be scared that this is a sign of a new age where people are convicted for their fantasies no, that's just overblown insecurity in my view. You should have some more faith on our democratic societies. One case doesnt indicate a paradigm shift.
People being convicted of murder because they browse the internet for kinky or sick porn isn't really what I am worried about. It being considered okay to put the private stuff someone does behind their PC that is not harming anyone in any obvious way out in the public sphere and the media really digging into it is, because there is some angle, some 'excuse' for saying it is in the public interest (because someone MIGHT carry out a fantasy, or MIGHT be vulnerable to blackmail, and so forth) IS a real concern, I feel. Unlike the right not to be put in prison without actually doing anything and the right not to be murdered, I do feel that the right to privacy is under thread, in modern western democracies. And even if the vast majority of us escape public scrutiny because we aren't interesting enough, I feel the right to privacy deserves to be respected.