The Streisand Effect strikes again! “Unflattering” photograph Peter Dutton wants removed from the Internet goes viral

May 4, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

The Streisand Effect strikes again! “Unflattering” photograph Peter Dutton wants removed from the Internet goes viral

May 4, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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After Streisand, Beyonce, Kanye and countless others, you’d think they would learn.  The more you want something removed from the Internet, the more likely it is that everybody’s going to see it.

Our latest “victim” of what has become known as The Streisand Effect is Peter Dutton, Immigration Minister for Australia.  Fairfax Media photographer, Alex Ellinghausen caught this one as he was about to step up to the microphone and address the media.

With the photo having been tweeted out by Stephanie Peatling, Fairfax Media’s political reporter, she was asked to take it down by Mr Dutton’s staffers, complaining that the photograph was “unflattering”.

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Needless to say, the Internet is doing everything it can to help remove this image from the web.

https://twitter.com/barrysaunders/status/727338566695555072

It kinda almost makes you miss… oh, wait a minute.

https://twitter.com/j_hutch/status/727345614606848000

Lightroom sure has come a long way since its early days.

It was only a couple of weeks ago when it came out that University of California Davis reportedly spent $175,000 in an attempt to have photographs of a police officer pepper spraying students at a peaceful protest in 2011 removed from search results.

I do wonder if sometimes the “victims” of the Streisand Effect are using the principle to their own advantage.  I mean, how many times have “shocking” images and video footage suddenly appeared of celebrities over the last couple of decades that were created years earlier?

I suppose knowing the consequences of what will happen by attempting to get things off the Internet does have the benefit of getting all the ridicule out of the way now, and nobody will care about it in a few weeks or years time when it might become a bigger issue.

 

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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