Would you sell your privacy for financial gain?

@ronaldinu (12454)
Malta
February 10, 2009 8:08am CST
Would you sell your privacy for financial gain? This discussion came into my mind after watching a television programme called Jon & Kate Plus 8! If you have never watched the programme it is about a couple and their eight children, how do they cope in life. Anyway would you sell own privacy for monetary gain or do you treasure your privacy?
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@avonrep1 (1863)
• United States
10 Feb 09
That is something for me and my family, that the money would have to be right for us to give up our privacy. It would have to be a lot of money too, like seven figures a year. I wouldn't want to put everything out there unless I was making the big money off of it, then it would be split evenly between everyone. I would set up each kid their own trust fund, and put their splits in their accounts for when they get older. I am glad though, this would never happen to my family. I think we really enjoy having privacy.
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@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I agree. I think it might have to do with the money being right in order to have the family be watched on a regular business and our lives being filmed all of the time. I would want to make a big pay off too if I was to put everything out there.
@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
10 Feb 09
I could never do it. I value my privacy too much. Not to mention most of those couples that have their lives filmed for television wind up splitting up after wards.
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@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
11 Feb 09
You are right about the fact that there are those couples out there especially the celebrities that only end up breaking up after wards. It hardly seems that any of it was really worth it.
@messageme (2821)
• United States
10 Feb 09
well I don't feel like I have anything to hide, but then again knowing that their are cameras constantly on me and my family I think it would get stressful. constantly having to act like there is nothing wrong or to make sure you are doing the right thing because everyone is watching you. Everyone talking about your life, I don't know if I would want to do that. But the money would sure be nice, but I don't think money is everything so I probably would never do that.
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@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I think you are right. This kind of think could cause a lot of stress on someone with all of that publicity every minute. I don't have anything to hide either but it is still the point that my life doesn't need to be on tape.
@dragon54u (31340)
• United States
10 Feb 09
If I had 8 children I might do it in order to help those children go to college because otherwise they wouldn't be able to unless I was a billionaire! But normally, no, I wouldn't sacrifice my privacy for money. There are a very few things that cannot be taken away from me and that's one of them.
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@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I think that your idea is exactly right. Privacy is a precious thing and only if I had a truckload of children then I might consider some cameras in on my life to gain a little financial stability.
@nanajanet (4437)
• United States
10 Feb 09
Never!!! You cannot take back things that are said on air and fame causes so many problems. I treasure my privacy and do not need people looking me up that I do not know. I often wondered why non-famous people would want to do it. I guess John and Kate feel they could use the financial help with the kids but having camera men/women in my home, conversations, etc... EWWW!! Not only that, they can edit things to make them more controversial... so it is not for me!
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@nilzerous1 (2435)
• India
10 Feb 09
Obviously, I'll prefer to keep my privacy intact. I do not think it is wise to compromise with privacy for monetary benefit.
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@MsTickle (25014)
• Australia
10 Feb 09
I don't think the question would ever arise in my case. I live alone and spend most of my time on the computer. I live in a small village which is considered remote. The only thing about my life is the antisocial behaviour of my next door neighbour. (PS. I know this is off topic but it refers to the previous post of yours:I'm having to use my pad because my cat is lying on top of my mouse.)
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
10 Feb 09
I truly value my privacy. I would not sell. Nobody would want to see what we do anyway! lol
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@alindahaw (1219)
• Philippines
11 Feb 09
Deperate situations require equally desperate solutions. If I am in deep financial trouble, I would probably do just that to put food on the table. I cannot let my children go hungry. I can sell my blood to earn money but then again I am so skinny they will probably get so little out of me so the other option is to go on TV and take part of those rediculous reality shows, then by all means get the cameras and get everything rolling! LOL Once we have enough money to start all over again, I can always pack my kids out of the set and hide somewhere. People do have short memories and with all those celebrities parading around trying to catch the public's attention, i doubt if we will be mobbed by out fans when we finally decide to go back to our private lives.
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@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I get what you are saying here. Desperate situations could call for desperate measures. You never know when you are going to need extra money for some unforeseen problem with your family and the like. I wouldn't want to see my family going hungry so then I might have to sell our privacy.
@alindahaw (1219)
• Philippines
14 Feb 09
So true! Besides, 60 seconds of fame can be a lot of fun too! LOL Maybe they will give us one of those lovely houses by the lake in exchange for a little TV exposure. They can also throw in a jet or a couple of those fancy cars like a lamborgini, ferrari or something if they like. Riding in one of those flashy things once in a while will not really hurt won't it? hahaha... Dream on girl, dream on.
@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I definitely would not! When we get home at night our house is our safe haven - we could never give that up for all the monetary gain in the world. I honestly don't know how any of these reality shows happen - obviously these families think it's ok to allow cameras into their lives at all hours of the day. I just can't.
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@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I do understand what you are saying about the house being a safe haven. I feel that way also. Allowing all of this photography and taping of the household in action at all times could be very disconcerting. I don't know either how those families permit it. Must be making a good bit of moola!
@guybrush (4662)
• Australia
11 Feb 09
I definitely would NOT. I do treasure my privacy, and no amount of money in the world is worth people sticking their noses into my private life. You've only got to look at the poor people who put themselves forward to appear on reality shows (eg., The Biggest Loser) - and then find themselves ridiculed, targeted and even HATED by people who don't even really know them. I would truly hate that, and would hate my family members to be involved, too.
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@guybrush (4662)
• Australia
3 May 09
Thank you very much for the BR, Ronald!
@magojordan (3256)
• Philippines
11 Feb 09
Definitely not since I love the peace and quiet of being a private person. Of course it would be sad to know that whatever you do someone's watching you when you lost your privacy right?
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@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I like the peace and quiet also. I am more or less a private person myself that doesn't like to bother much with others. I got too much to do and I have been hurt by a lot of people. It is true that it would be sad to know that whatever I am doing I am being watched and systematically losing my own privacy.
@ehlana88 (330)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I couldn't do it. In a fantasy land it seems like a great idea. You want to pay me to be me? That's it. Spend my day doing whatever I do and all you want to do is videotape? I am so in. And then I stop and think about it. What about peace and quiet? What about a lazy Sunday afternoon drinking a cup of tea, enjoying the sense of calm within? What if I want to watch cheesy reality tv and make fun of the contestants? What if I'm sick, or depressed, or dumped? How could I face a cameraman, a sound guy, and my problems every day? No I couldn't sell my privacy. I would however give up my wardrobe to be on What Not to Wear.
@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
11 Feb 09
You are right about it working more in a fantasy land. But that is just it. If you were to pay me to be me then you might find yourself needing a little excitement. All you would see is me sitting at the computer half the time,drinking my coffee or caring for my husband and son. Selling privacy might not be worth it unless for a big figure. Like six figures.
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
11 Feb 09
Hi ronaldinu! NO! I would not want cameras in my home and in my face like that watching and recording my every move all day and all night for any amount of money! But, then again I don't have eight children to take care of! That is the reason they give for doing this! I don't know if this is greed or necessity! But either way I would never give up my privacy for financial gain!
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@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
11 Feb 09
That would be a little stressful and bothersome to have cameras in the home on such a regular basis. Someone recording and watching your every move could make me feel a bit self conscious. I respect you for your opinion about not giving up your privacy for financial gain.
10 Feb 09
Hi ronaldinu, I treasure my private life and no amount of money will let my private life be public, anyway my private is so boring, don't think anyone would be interested in and money isen't everything. Tamara
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@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
11 Feb 09
I know what you are saying here. I just have my husband and five year old son. It is not like there are exciting things going on here. Life can be too mundane for me from time to time. I do commend you for respecting your personal life and your privacy.
@zandi458 (27954)
• Malaysia
10 Feb 09
During this hard time of economic recession one would do anything to get money as long as it does not go against the law. It is no difference with the celebrities where they become public figures and their private life is an open book. So what harm does it do to me if anyone is paying some big money in return for my privacy. It might cause a sensation but soon it will become a history and forgotten while I have tons of money in my bank.
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@mysdianait (63977)
• Italy
10 Feb 09
My feelings entirely!
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@pergammano (7756)
• Canada
10 Feb 09
Take your blinders off...my friend...do not be upset by that remark! These reality shows are easing you into...what really will be reality! And it's looming all around us, already. Privacy, is a thing of the past! You are already in the "cyber" world...and with a little effort, we can all be tracked! The new one is the RHIP, a chip embedded in your Interac card! Follows your every move...just like the little wooden truck, we see in the commercials! Carry a cell phone, you can be tracked by it! I gave up my privacy, when I choose to enter the "cyber" world, of which I was basically forced to do! I would like to bury me head in the sand...and say that my privacy is not for sale....but I've already been sold! What little I have left, privacy that is...in this world...I cherish with all my heart!
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@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
10 Feb 09
Your words are really deep and truthful. One should really reflect on such things. I know that we can be tracked over the internet.... and that there is no such thing as anonimity.
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11 Feb 09
No way. I treasure my privacy too much and no matter how much i was offered i would never sell it.
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@rainmark (4307)
11 Feb 09
I do love my privacy so much and i enjoy it and that's important to me. It never come accross in my mind to do that kind of thing. I do believe that there's any solution on every financial problem not by selling my privacy which my family value much. Happy posting.
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• India
11 Feb 09
evey person is commited to some moral values .. we cant sell our privacy for the money. . if our privacy lost once what v can do with that money . as part of my knowledge it is the matter to us how much money v gain . i preety abt that psogram
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