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public vs private

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It is interesting to note that there the boundary between the public and private sphere is increasingly being weakened. Moreover, as people are “relinquishing” more information, they are expecting more and more in return, thus blurring the line between the rights to privacy and public information. According to Miller and Shepherd, “American culture became obsessed with both making celebrities into regular people and making regular people into celebrities”. Lewinsky became an international celebrity overnight, while Princess Diana’s entire life was under the public microscope. One could argue that grieving is a private time, meant for close friends and family, publicizing such an event could be a violation of privacy, and thus unlawful? Shouldn’t celebrities have their own rights to privacy, or must they have to sacrifice their privacy inorder to be famous?

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