Stage Ahoy! Deconstruction of the 'Drunken Pirate' Case in the Light of Impression Management

Tilburg University, TILT Law & Technology Working Paper No. 2/2013

29 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2013 Last revised: 4 Dec 2013

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Paulan Korenhof

Wageningen University and Research (WUR)

Date Written: February 1, 2013

Abstract

Information on the Internet can sometimes damage people by interfering with offline life. A high-school teacher-in-training experienced this firsthand when a photo with the caption "drunken pirate" and a message on her MySpace website led to the end of her career as a teacher. This case received a lot of media attention and is used in academic debate as illustrating the need for a "right to be forgotten". The question is how and to what extent the Internet contributed to the fact that the teacher-in-training's information ended up with the wrong audience. The problems in this case did not arise due to any memory related capacities of the Internet or the Internet being a place where information can be easily copied and reproduced. The problems arose because audience segregation on the Internet is a difficult task.

Keywords: privacy, impression management, Internet, 'drunken pirate', case

Suggested Citation

Korenhof, Paulan, Stage Ahoy! Deconstruction of the 'Drunken Pirate' Case in the Light of Impression Management (February 1, 2013). Tilburg University, TILT Law & Technology Working Paper No. 2/2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2245591 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2245591

Paulan Korenhof (Contact Author)

Wageningen University and Research (WUR) ( email )

Netherlands

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