Judging by the comments, people appreciated the humor of the post, as has the Dom Post. And attention seeking media whore that I am, I was amused and actually quite chuffed to see it in print. It's the third time a social media post of mine has made the Dominion Post. The previous two were from Twitter, one of which ended up on the front page as a response to a news story.
I don't know what the decision-making process is around what runs, but I imagine they think something like, 'He won't mind. He's been in the paper plenty of times before with eccentric tales of ghost hunting, and he has a sense of humour.' Maybe there's a tacit agreement between me and the newspaper there. Whatever - I'm perfectly fine with it.
But it does beg the question: what if I was not fine with it? After all, it was a post intended for my Facebook friends - an audience I have at least some degree of control over (via Facebook's 'Privacy' settings and control of my friend base). This experience certainly reinforces the advice meme that you may have seen: The only privacy setting you need: If it's private, don't put it on Facebook.
Twitter, I regard a little differently; if I tweet a thing, I want it to go out to the world, the wider the better. But what exactly are the ethics of the professional press in lifting items without consent from social media intended for a restricted audience or readership?
A little irony
is a blog by James Gilberd - leader and co-founder of Strange Occurrences. Views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of the Strange Occurrences team.
James Gilberd is an amateur paranormalist, writer and musician, and a professional photographer, living in Wellington, New Zealand.