DC Sex Blog Scandal Raises Questions Of Privacy

It's full of nice, salacious tidbits. Think of it as a real life "Sex in the City" set in DC (but without the expensive shoes).

The basic details are as follows: a former Senate aide is suing his former girlfriend (also an aide) for her "WAY-too-much-information" confessions on her blog, detailing aspects of their sex life as well as relationships with five other men (which of course, you know Wonkette was only too happy to pass on, link and mention, thus expanding the audience considerably). Careers were lost and the guy in question moved far from DC. Unfortunately, for him, the "tubes" of the Internets lay open his sex life in what he calls "humiliating" specifics no matter where he goes. The story is available here on MSNBC.

The prurient details of this particular case are less interesting to me than the larger issues of blogger etiquette and the expectations of privacy in an Internet age. As the article rightfully points out, calling it a "diary" does not necessarily make it so, especially when it's available to millions to view. What rights do bloggers have in relating personal stories? Can anyone truly expect privacy any more? I know that for many, the first and last argument is "free speech." But imagine yourself this man. Would you want details about your sexual proclivities being broadcast for all to see? How about if your partner took a photo of you during an intimate moment and uploaded that as well? Where is the line when your stories involve others?


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