Look Don’t Look

6 Aug

What’s wrong with taking a “selfie” in front of Auschwitz? Nothing. Well, that’s according to most people on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.


There’s the “freedom of speech” group, who don’t understand that the First Amendment only means that government can’t stop you from making a fool of yourself. Individuals, groups, and companies, however, have every right to tell you to shut the hell up.

Then, there’s the “You go girl!” group, who think everyone should be empowered to do whatever they want, and if you don’t like it, get out of my way! I’m not being a misogynist, the same applies to guys, the person in this pic just happens to be female. If it were a guy, it would be “Dude!” group.

It bothers me to see someone smile for the camera in front of one of the places Nazis gassed Jews to death.

Don’t like it? Don’t look!

If I had the choice, I wouldn’t, but the shot is on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook; so it’s also on the homepages of dozens of other sites. I saw it first on CNN’s homepage. And once you see something, you can’t un-see it.

From Craig Detweiler, Special to CNN:

The temptation with social media is to turn our friends into an audience. We cast ourselves as the star and think about how to entertain our followers. Tours of revered spaces become an opportunity to post a photo.

Should we travel to Amsterdam or Auschwitz to acquire content, to have something to share on social media?

We may sink into the spiral described by poet T.S. Eliot, “We had the experience, but missed the meaning.” Our digital devices create a conundrum: how to be fully present in the moment we are also trying to broadcast?


Mandate be damned

13 Dec

DeSean Jackson sped past the Cowboy’s D; and Michael Vick survived two interceptions as the high octane Eagles beat resurgent Dallas Sunday night.

Nicole Richie (Paris Hilton’s one-time BFF) and Joel Madden (Good Charlotte’s front-man) tied the knot. We wish them a wonderful life together, or at least till the Hollywood divorce lawyers show up.

But today’s lead comes from Virginia, where Republican Attorney General Kenneth “Cooch” Cuccinelli won his lawsuit – that Barack Obama’s health-care reform law is unconstitutional. At least according to U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, who was appointed by George W. Bush. Ain’t politics grand…