The Right to Privacy or Keeping a Secret
Did Oprah keep a secret about her past or did she exercise her right to privacy?
The definition for the right to Privacy and keeping a Secret differs substantially.
Keeping a Secret or Secrecy: (adjective) 1 a : kept from knowledge or view :Hidden b: marked by the habit of discrete: Closemouthed c: working with hidden aims or methods : Undercover (a secret agent) d: not acknowledged : Unavowed (a secret bride) e: conducted in secret (a secret trial) 2 : remote from human frequentation or notice: Secluded Merriam Webster Dictionary
Right of privacy:
"The right of privacy (noun) has one meaning: a legal right (not explicitly provided in the US Constitution) to be left alone; the right to live life free from unwarranted publicity. Although not explicitly mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, a right to privacy has been held to be implicit in the Bill of Rights, providing protection from unwarranted government intrusion into areas such as marriage and contraception." Merriam Webster Dictionary
"A person's right to privacy may be overcome by a compelling state interest. In tort law, privacy rights protect one's intimate life and affairs from being exposed to public view or otherwise invaded. Less broad privacy rights protection are afforded public officials and others defined by law as public figures"-movie stars, media personalities, authors, business moguls (Donald Trump, Warren Buffet, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, et al) Merriam Webster Dictionary
Accepting these definitions, it is clear that Oprah exercised her 'Right to Privacy.' The persistent demand that some people are 'obligated' to make their lives an open book for the public and media as entertainment or la raison d' Ítre is a reflection of those who hold that belief and says nothing about the person whose life the public believes they have a right to invade.
It has become a world preoccupation for the majority of people-as the numerous tabloids, celebrity based magazines and TV programs attest-to live vicariously through others rather than creating an interesting, exciting and rewarding life for themselves. Princess Diana and Jackie Kennedy before her and a plethora of entertainment personalities come to mind-they were hounded worldwide as fodder for people's insatiable thirst for living life vicariously through someone else. While there may be some collusion between the public and the person who is hounded, they would much rather have their lives in their control as opposed to exposing every detail of their lives.
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