【150720】第49期: Fitting-room sex video sparks ethical and legal debate

绝望罗勒 (布丁小葵) 资深达人
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发表于:2015-07-20 12:21 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

因为想考翻译证,最近很喜欢看China Daily,也很喜欢把China Daily中颇有意思的新闻抄录下来练笔。 之前用茄子说的方法,把新闻中不懂的单词抄下来,以首字母排好,然后按字母顺序一个一个地背。这样在背完A字母的单词后,看新闻就不会再出现一个以A开头而我又不懂的单词了。这个方法听起来好像很玄乎,但真照着做了大半年,发现现在看新闻真的几乎没有一个不懂的以A开头的单词了。好神奇~

当然,我不是说茄子说这个方法真有多好,只是觉得把背单词和看新闻结合在一起,还挺有意思的,而且从某个奇怪的方面而言,可是相当有成就感的哦!因为新闻的用语比较固定,同一类话题中,单词出现的重复率可是相当高的哦!

熊孩子,趁着立夏的热量,开始学习吧!

 

Please write down your wild guess on words below, and check it out after reading news.

categorically
ratchet
modicum
per se
sine qua non
sporadic
pundits
egregious
flagrant
infringement
voyeuristic
avidly
perpetrator
plaster
titillation
libido
bravado

 

Fitting-room sex video sparks ethical and legal debate

In this age of ubiquitous camera-ready gadgets and instant transmission, it is not hard to make a sex video or to upload it online. But it is not every day that such a video catches national attention and creates an uproar in public discourse.

Usually it would have to involve celebrities.

But the one-minute clip that went viral on July 14 featured an anonymous couple.

What made it special was the location-a fitting room of a casualwear retailer in Beijing. This piece of information popped up on the soundtrack via the PA system.

A seemingly vast majority of opinions believe this was a marketing gimmick. Since the people in the video were not entertainers, Uniqlo, the retailer, was the only party who gained tremendous exposure through this incident.

As Uniqlo is a Japanese franchise and anti-Japanese sentiments are easily stimulated, there is little sympathy for it among the Chinese public.

Uniqlo has categorically denied any involvement.

It is presumably cooperating with the police in probing into the matter. Like most garment and apparel stores, it separates its fitting rooms by gender and allows only one person into a room at a time.

If the video was not digitally manipulated, the couple may have slipped through the guard. But then, even a home video can be easily altered.

To use the same conspiracy theory that Uniqlo planned it to ratchet up its name recognition, it would also be plausible that a competitor faked it to destroy Uniqlo's reputation. Anyone with a modicum of common sense would know that a global enterprise caught in such unethical-if not illegal-practices would face serious consequences.

The second question is the appropriateness-or rather, the lack thereof-of engaging in sex in an inappropriate space.

A fitting room, like a public toilet, is unique in that it is a private space within a public sphere. And like the public toilet, it serves a specified purpose.

So, whether out of passion or adventure, the couple in the video violated the implicit rule regarding the use of a fitting room.

Some legal experts have come forward and explained that this was not illegal, per se. I don't have the necessary knowledge to make that judgment, but I'm pretty sure having sex in a fitting room-filmed or not-is a breach of the retailer's sine qua non and, more seriously, of social norms.

Now there have been sporadic reports that the couple in question were shocked to find their intimacy made public in such a brutal manner.

They've insisted they never intended the video for public consumption.

If that is true, one possibility was their cellphone or computer was hacked.

There seems to be a consensus, at least among pundits, that whoever uploaded it was more egregious in the violation of morality and possibly the law.

It would have been a flagrant infringement of personal privacy and, as the content could be deemed pornographic in nature, spreading it, with or without the consent of the persons involved in the making of the video, would run counter to the law.

More troubling than that is the carnival-like atmosphere that surrounded the exposure of such personal privacy.

The video brought out the voyeuristic streak in many people, who avidly watched it and passed it around-and then took a moral high ground.

They denounced the maker, distributor and the possible backer of the video, rarely contemplating the possibility that the three roles could be separated and, in each case, there could be a different perpetrator and a different victim.

China's Internet, in general, looks like a teenage boy's wet dream-with numerous photos of an explicit nature plastered on any given page.

And this on legitimate websites and after rounds of government campaigns to root out online pornography.

The demand for titillation will always exist, and it depends on how and where the libido will be channeled.

In a sense, the one who had sex in a fitting room represented the public at large in that the impropriety, if not uncovered, would enhance one's feeling of bravado and, under the cloak of anonymity, would not incur much risk.

 

Tire recently... things happened, and I had no strength to cope with it properly and promptly. Lots of words in the news I don't know, or even don't have a clue... Am I out of track now? No idea. Fever and cough, terrible. Anyway, move forward, maybe I will find something new.

 

答题区

1、What is the meaning of "categorically"?
2、What is the meaning of "pundits"?
3、What is the meaning of "infringement"?
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