Last year on the 85th Academy Awards (The Oscars 2013), host Seth MacFarlane led the crowd into singing “We saw your boobs”, and recounting the nudity scenes of many famous female Hollywood stars: including Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster, Scarlett Johansson, etc. Of course, the exception is Jennifer Lawrence, who sang, “We haven’t seen Jennifer Lawrence’s boobs at all”. At the same time, the camera swept across the audience to Jennifer, her kid-like gesture made huge contrast to Charlize Theron’s astonishing expression.
Within a year, Jennifer Lawrence’s and along with other celebrities’ leaked photos (those are taken for self-entertaining purposes and therefore not under moral and ethical judgements) began circling the web. Till now, most suspect those photos came from celebrities’ iCloud accounts, mined out by a hacker, in which the 27 year old’s sole purpose on publishing these private photos was to earn BitCoins on a Japanese website 4Chan.
Among those victims of leaked photos, there are famous ones such as Kirsten Dunsten, however when mentioned to the incident, people still refer to Jennifer Lawrence as the protagonist. Reason being the quantity of photos being leaked during the peak of her career, in contrast to her strong characteristic roles in movies with her genuine self: falling down on the Red Carpet, making faces wherever she has the chance; these two contrasting images entertained people and made them focused on her.
As there are little suggestive colours in these photos, people turn their eyes on iCloud’s security. The spokesperson for Apple immediately assured the crowd that they take this matter very seriously, and investigations are on the way. Experts from information security company advise people should have double authentication towards smart phone accounts so as to prevent such happenings again. Local mobile phone security software developers in China also use this chance to promote their firewalls.
In short, people have gained new insights to iCloud through this incident. Before this, people understand iCloud through various lost cases of iPhones: a theft took a selfie using the iPhone stolen by him and when the owner saw the photo, he promoted a global web search that is done by netizens, eventually the theft was caught by the local police. But incidents like this made people realise the loopholes in smart phone securities: they exist all along. It is when the celebrities themselves became victims then people are aware. Similar cases include Hong Kong movie star Edison Chen’s leaked photos from his repairing laptop in 2008, people are re-thinking about privacy in the internet era.
As what mythologist, Joseph Campbell has said, “actors all played the myth characters’ roles, they are the educators of us in knowing life.” This education is not merely done through the screen, but also through the many parts of their lives.
We understand marriage through celebrities, knowing the employments through the ups and downs of celebrities, we also complete our health education through their sickness. Michael Douglas’ interview with The Guardian reveals that main cause of laryngeal cancer is not by “alcohol and cigarettes”, but through contacting HIV virus as result from sexual activities. A series of scientific search was then done online by the crowd, on all celebrity cancer cases related to their sexual behaviour, illness history, and other suspecting elements. A wave of public health common knowledge came unexpectedly. Angelina Jolie’s decision in double mastectomy gave us the common knowledge of mammary-related diseases, and the latest progress in genetic technology. Though this series of action is suspected by some, that she co-operate with genetics company for huge profits gaining, but objectively speaking, she inspire the women to understand more about their health.
This is probably the same for the future, someday, we will probably understand more about Google Glass thanks to some celebrity’s private life exposure, leading to our discussion on the transparency of our common lives. Take a step further, we can probably understand memory transplant, memory uploads through celebrities’ discussions on purchasing mansions and beaches in their virtual world. In light of this, thanks to Jennifer Lawrence for redefining the mobile phones.