Listen to my interview with Hunter Moore, founder of Is Anyone Up, recently featured in Rolling Stone as “THE MOST HATED MAN ON THE INTERNET” for cornering the “Revenge Porn” market.
Moore is prepping an October launch of a new website that will “Make the internet ten 10 times scarier”.
Moore drew widespread rage and criticism when he launched his first website in 2010. Initially intended to be a place where he could share news on his life, it quickly morphed into something fairly awful. Moore encouraged scorned lovers to post nude pictures of their exes. Worse, he let them share screengrabs from Facebook and Twitter that often featured their full names, employment info and other personal data. Comment threads quickly filled up with damning, hateful chatter.
Despite being hated across the world, he is equally loved women who will do just about anything to get into his pants.
Is Hunter Moore the problem or is he monetizing an existing problem in our youth and society? I say a little of both, how about you?
He preaches accountability, although I don’t believe that has anything to do with his motivations. I see Hunter Moore with a striking resemblance as TMZ, and tabloids of the world: the biggest difference, in the case of people exploited by Hunter Moore, they stupidly volunteered the incriminating (revealing) image of his or her self; versus tabloids that invade privacy.
I believe the greater issue is our species’ need for spite, revenge, and sex. Why do people feel good about making others hurt? Communication and community are intended to help, and not hurt, but the latter is far too prevalent.
Why is there such an incredible thirst and demand for the “content” hosted by IAU? And why don’t we look at ourselves, the root of the problem, sooner than we point fingers, sue, and condemn?
We have traversed down a slippery slope.
We need to teach our youth the value of privacy in an evolving transparent world of social media. I am not offering Hunter Moore as a solution, or supporting what he does, rather, I am using this story to address the neglect and self-submission to social media and mediated communication technology that enables Hunter Moore, and his successors.
Listen to my interview with Hunter Moore