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Internet Phrase of the Day

Postby StlSluggers » Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:55 pm

The Streisand Effect

The "Streisand effect" is a phenomenon on the Internet where an attempt to censor or remove a piece of information backfires, causing the information to be widely publicized.


The term Streisand effect originally referred to a 2003 incident in which Barbra Streisand sued photographer Kenneth Adelman and for US$50 million in an attempt to have the aerial photo of her house removed from the publicly available collection of 12,000 California coastline photographs, citing privacy concerns.[1] Adelman claims he was photographing beachfront property to document coastal erosion as part of the California Coastal Records Project. Paul Rogers of the San Jose Mercury News later noted that the picture of Streisand’s house was popular on the Internet.

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Re: Internet Phrase of the Day

Postby Tavish » Sun Feb 24, 2008 4:22 pm

You left out the most important part - the adage part of the Streisand Effect -
"The internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it."
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