There's been a lot of news this week about the celebrity hacking scandal (poor Jennifer Lawrence!) and celebrity response to it (outspoken Ricky Gervais)... but it's interesting to ask 'Is anything private anymore?' 'Social Suicide' examines the lengths teens will go to to get noticed on the internet by both moral and amoral methods, but what about the victims?
The big question: Why did the celebrities take nude photos of themselves in the first place? The whole point of photos are to be seen. On some level, did these stars want these photos to be viewed? Are they secretly (or not so secretly) proud of the bodies? Their bed partners? Or are they in search of a legacy - some indelible mark on the world.
And what do the hackers get out of it? Is it just for the money? Surely with that skill, they could have hacked into the celebrities bank details and made it more easily? Do they get a sort of 'fame' from having been the ones to expose the celebrities? Is it a macabre sort of thrill... or do they get their own fame and notoreity by proxy? Sharing space under the famous umbrellas of celebrities? Perhaps it's a power thing... knowing you're the one who caused such distress to such a famous person.
There's a great torture device from 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' called the Perspective Vortex, where someone gets a momentary glimpse of just how insignificant they are in the infinity of creation (a tiny dot on top of a dot saying 'you are here') and it drives people crazy, knowing how irrelevant they truly are. Even though celebrities have a bigger 'dot' than most, perhaps everyone (celebrities, hackers and Zaphod Beeblebrox alike) are just trying to make their dot more indelible.