Streisand To Publish An Entire Book Detailing The Malibu Home She Once Wanted To Keep Very, Very Secret
from the the-streisand-effect-book dept
Well, this is amusing. As you may know, a few years back, I coined the phrase “The Streisand Effect” to describe the situation where someone tries to force some content to be taken down, in an attempt to suppress it — but, in doing so, winds up driving much more attention to the content. The name came from a lawsuit filed in 2003 by Barbara Streisand against environmentalist/photographer Ken Adelman, who had been photographing the entire California coast from a helicopter in order to document coastal erosion. Of course, in trying to have her photo taken off of his site, it generated significantly more interest in that particular photograph. Streisand eventually lost the lawsuit and was even ordered to pay nearly $200,000 in legal fees.
Of course, since then, the phrase “The Streisand Effect” has become fairly popular and in common usage — and has been featured in Forbes, Associated Press articles and on NPR’s All Things Considered — and has even been translated into other languages. All because Streisand didn’t want a distant photo of her Malibu home on the internet.
Thus, it’s with some level of irony that we find out (thanks Stephen!) that Streisand is now putting together a book about the architecture of that very home including numerous photos of the home and property. Perhaps Ken Adelman should sue for helping her to realize that there was “demand” for photos of her Malibu home.