Florida Law Review Forum

Jeffrey Riley
Potential Within the Architecture: Explaining the Debate Over the Construction of Social Media
Response to Aubrey Burris, Hell Hath No Fury like a Woman Porned: Revenge Porn and the Need for a Federal Nonconsensual Pornography Statute

My intentions with this essay, which is a response to Aubrey Burris’s call for more federal oversight of the world of “revenge porn,” is not to challenge or support the explicit legal analysis, but rather contribute a voice of explanation as to why such a world exists to begin with. The answer is hidden in the deeper layers of what social media actually is: By understanding the revolutionary DNA of social media, one can begin to understand its potential uses, and by understanding its potential uses, sociological principles can be applied to figure out why exactly someone would use such a tool for nefarious purposes, like posting unapproved pornographic photos of others. Read More.