YouTube and public behaviour

Which of Ireland’s leading broadcasters was drunk on Grafton Street on Saturday night, regaling his ‘audience’ gathered nearby with a few songs after taking a microphone from a busker? His behaviour is hardly surprising given that he changed jobs due to the constraints his previous one was placing on his lifestyle.

After my brother recounted the tale of the broadcasters exploits to me, I told him he should have recorded the event on his cameraphone, to which he replied that he didn’t but a lot of others did. I wonder whether we will see them surface on YouTube anytime soon?

With public figures under more scrutiny than ever I’m surprised how naive that some of them can be given that our lives are more recordable than ever. While the “tired and emotional” performance on Saturday night might not do this particular broadcaster any harm, plenty of others had better pay heed.

This trend is going to create a lot of tensions as public citizens might not give the same considerations as journalists as to what is on and off the record or getting permission from their subjects.

I find the standards we hold public figures to very intriguing. An audience member on last night’s Questions & Answers on RTE pointed out that the controversy surrounding Bertie Ahern at present doesn’t do much in the way of encouraging women to stand for election given the fact that their families fall under the public eye.

Culturally I think society will eventually hold less demands on people with regards to their public behaviour, but in the meantime it’s best to keep a look over your shoulder for anyone with their cameraphone out.

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2 Responses to “YouTube and public behaviour”  

  1. 1 fmk

    are there prizes for guessing the celeb? would the man pictured at the other end of this link be the perp? http://instantpunditry.blogspirit.com/archive/2005/08/26/newstalk-106.html

    what was the story of the politician allegedly caught snorting coke on a mobile phone? one of the irish tabs printed the pictures didn’t they? clearly selling the video to the tabs made better sense than putting it on youtube and boosting limelight’s profits even more.

    while talking to a friend last week about a certain irish dj / photographer who used to score drugs for johnny thunders and iggy pop, one interesting point did arise – there’s bog all irish gossip / slander / scandal on the web. there’s things people share with their friends that they just won’t share with the web, for some reason.

  2. 2 Piaras

    No comment :)

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