Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Irons and Irony

Every now and again I come across examples of behavior that illustrate the point that privacy is a difficult thing to regulate – especially in the realm of social media.

Yesterday, professional golfer Tiger Woods and skiing phenom Lindsey Vonn took to Facebook to post photos and confirm the rumors that they are a couple. As reported by USA Today and others, that news included the following message from Mr. Woods:

“We thank you for your support and for respecting our privacy. We want to continue our relationship, privately, as an ordinary couple and continue to compete as athletes.”

Let me get this straight: two of the world’s most famous athletes announce their relationship via Tiger Woods’ Facebook page, where he has more than 2.75 million followers, and include a plea for privacy?

Tiger Woods has proven himself to be tremendously adept at grasping his irons. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for his grasp of irony.


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