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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Is America Ready For The First Facebook President?

Well, here is the then Sarah Heath performing the flute during the talent portion of the Miss Alaska pageant in 1984. For the record, that's apparently "The Homecoming" as written by Nathan Hardy.

Given the slow drib-drab of rather mundane revelations about Sarah Palin, one would almost think their release is supposed to evoke some kind of outrage in the American public, leading to her immediate destruction.

Take, for example, HuffPo gleefully revealing two days after her Dayton presentation, a young Palin at college wearing this naughty t-shirt: I may be broke, but I'm not flat-busted.

The funny thing about it was that most Americans thought it was so darn cute: "Isn't she just like the girl next door? She's one of us!" leaving the freaks scratching their heads, in a what-will-it-take gesture of incomprehension.


A series of photographs later, including a bizarre exorcism (redundant, I know) from witchcraft at the hands of an African minister, which backfired a bit as they could hardly accuse her of racism with that one, mwahaha -- and now we get, in quick succession, the pageant's swimsuit and talent videos.

So I got to thinking. These are fairly tame photos, and videos, but what about the Facebook generation?

In 30 or 40 years time, it will be their turn at Presidential bat. Have you seen some of the photos posted on Facebook accounts?

My God, some of those photos would've been produced or procured by the softporn industry a scant decade ago, and there they are...posted buttnekkid-free on people's albums!

I am just old enough to have missed the Facebook boat, though my cousins are all on there (it's huge, just huge in the UK).

And I'm also just old enough to stare at some of these photos and videos wondering if their owners realise that once you put something out there, on the ethernet, it's not yours any longer, ever again.

They are reckless to be posting the stuff they do, and I wonder if this will come back to haunt them later.

So the question then becomes, due to a momentary indiscretion, will some future Sarah Palin be disqualified when a friend reveals a photo that the future Presidential candidate would rather forget s/he put out there?

Or will attitudes be the same as now with her flute-playing, and swimsuit-strutting?

It will probably all depend on the photo.

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  • I'm not sure I'll forgive you for that last picture.

    I think that we'll develop different habits and expectations. Ought a potential employer even *look* for a Face Book page or MySpace account? It's easy and it's out there, but I think for younger people it might be conceptually similar to peeping in someone's windows... you *can* do that, after all, what's stopping you?

    The presidency will be a bit different, I think, but even then people are likely to only care if it's something really bad or unusual.

    By Blogger Synova, at Thu Oct 02, 05:38:00 pm GMT-4  

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