Is it fair to dig into a private citizen's past? | The Tylt

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Is it fair to dig into a private citizen's past?
#YourPastMatters
A festive crown for the winner
#GiveThemPrivacy

It's common knowledge that if you step into the media spotlight, you'll be torn apart. No one chooses to become a meme, it just happens. Look at Ken Bone. The Internet made him famous overnight. Then we discovered his sordid Reddit past. Because it's the Internet, the whole thing has been completely overanalyzedand now we know his porn comments. Is it unavoidable to have your privacy ripped to shreds on the Internet? Vote below!

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Is it fair to dig into a private citizen's past?
#YourPastMatters
#GiveThemPrivacy

Should people always be judged by their past? Are people not entitled to change or mature? Ken Bone is a private citizen, and probably never posted or said anything with the knowledge that he would be forced to withstand incredible scrutiny from Internet detectives. Is that fair?

#GiveThemPrivacy

There's no real need to drag someone through the mud if they become a meme. No one chooses to become a meme, it just kinda happens. 

Now, we know what you're going to do here, Internet, just like always. You're going to try to ruin Ken Bone. You're going to think things over and hunt down his old yearbook photos and dig up his Xanga until you find something that allows you to drag this man through the mud.

Yeah, that totally happened. But it should have?

Do not do this! There's no need. Ken Bone is a good, polite dad with an apparently healthy respect for civil rights who wants to develop his film, give you Halloween ideas, and carry on with his life. Let him do it, for his sake and for yours. Not every story that enters the Twittersphere has to end with a finding of fault, a snide meme, or a dismissive, mockable punchline. Ken Bone has gifted you a golden opportunity to be a little bit better than usual, at a time when everyone really could use something to be happy about. For once, let's not blow it.
#YourPastMatters

Then again, this is the Internet. It's not a nice place. You know the rules, people! If you post something online, it can haunt you forever. That's the social contract we signed.

FINAL RESULTS
Is it fair to dig into a private citizen's past?
#YourPastMatters
A festive crown for the winner
#GiveThemPrivacy