Here in the UK, what we call the 'quality' daily newspapers, the broadsheets that used to be, tend to have a smaller readership than the Sun and the tabloids. Salacious gossip, paparazzi photos, calls for crackdowns on civil liberties 'for the sake of the children' and a topless model have sold a lot more papers than serious investigative journalism; it's that blurred line between entertainment and news. I'm going to have to quote some Billy Bragg.
'there's a call for stiffer penalties for sex offenders
next to a picture of a woman in stockings and suspenders.
could it be an infringement of the rights of the press
to print pcitures of ladies in states of undress?'
So, is leaking stolen tweets any different from celebrity gossip? Is it hypocritical for people to want their own privacy and give public figures none? Is this different from when Cnet googled Eric Schmidt and were blacklisted by Google? What are the new media ethics?