Privacy on the Internet
I believe in this day and age that people are still entitled to their privacy, but if you want something to stay private, keep it off the internet. We all know that if something is on the internet, there is someone out there that can find a way to access it. In the case of teenchat.com, you should know what you say isn’t going to be private. Anybody could be acting as a teenager and hide behind the wall of their keyboard, so I refuse to let my children access any site of this sort.
In regards to To Catch a Predator and any other shows of the sort, I don’t think they count as journalism at all. The reason being is that as a journalist, you aren’t supposed to act as an arm of the law. The only reason they go through all the trouble in this show is to arrest the person that shows up. However, I do believe what they do is a good thing because it gets these scumbags off the streets and internet.
I think what draws people to these kind of programs is the fact that they want to know why these sick individuals do what they do, and to eventually see them get arrested. Most people will never see anyone get arrested in their lives so there is somewhat of an entertainment factor in these shows. One bad thing I see that could come from this show is the copy cat theory. Some other sicko watches the show and the turns right around and uses the same methods to prey on young kids himself.