The intensity and complexity of life, attendant upon advancing civilization, have rendered necessary some sort of retreat from the world, and man, under the refining influence of culture, has become more sensitive to publicity, so that solitude and privacy have become more essential to the individual.
As the use of online networking has begun to flourish, more and more internet users are able to access social network platforms at anytime, anywhere. However, the risk and concern for an individual’s privacy has increased with this thriving idea and thus causing privacy issues for society. Privacy can mean different things to different people. Some explain it as their right to control what other people know about them. Others believe the right to be left alone to do their own thing or keeping their actions, discussions, movements, and information free from public knowledge. Added to the complexity of defining privacy is the fact that there are different types of privacy; including both bodily privacy, territorial privacy, communications privacy and information privacy.
With this increasing use of media, the content has changed drastically over the years and what we post has become more or less censored. Who view’s our posts can be hand chosen, and who we initially give out our media accounts out to has become a detrimental factor on who we trust. To conduct this idea of privacy and how/who we distribute our media accounts to, I decided to conduct an interview with two university students who are constant users of the media platform, Tumblr.
Tumblr became an infatuation amongst teenagers, especially adolescent females, a few years ago when it first established in 2007. Although not everyone joined the band wagon of re-blogging and liking images and texts, a lot of those who did join the Tumblr sphere often avoided telling people that they were a part of the community.
With more than 42,598,600 posts, the site has made its way into people’s lives worldwide. As societies across the world are increasingly connected to one another through the internet and other technologies; blogs, charts, tweets, wikis, and networking sites are establishing through Tumblr through re-blogging and liking these posts.
David Capece of Fast Company aptly typecasts Tumblr as a hybrid form of social networking, photo sharing and microblogging—something like a lovechild of Twitter, Flickr and Facebook
Much academic work thus far has focussed on television and popular media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, but I seek to open the debate and question the ways in which other forms of social media like Tumblr contribute to the privacy and the public sphere in general.
So stay tuned on the following blog posts on the interviews as to why publishing an individual’s Tumblr page so secretive?
Find the interviews here:
 What is Privacy? | State Records of South Australia. 2016. What is Privacy? | State Records of South Australia. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.archives.sa.gov.au/content/what-is-privacy.