Sunday, November 25, 2012


I am sure that by now you have heard about the 20-something fool who took pictures of herself and a friend behaving badly (which today is glorified and encouraged by reality tv shows like THE JERSEY SHORE and similar steaming piles of excrement) at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

Her real mistake, however, was posting these pictures on Facebook for the world to see. 
She has publicly apologized and, I expect, removed the pictures from her Facebook page – which does not necessarily mean removing them from existence on the internet.  And she will soon be forgotten when some other idiot does something stupid and claims his/her fifteen minutes of infamy.

But let us go forward 20 years.  This fool, now older and wiser, applies for a job and is being seriously considered.  The personnel department will no doubt “google” her and what will they find – the story of her foolish act as a stupid 20-something, with the offending pictures.  Do you think she will get the job?

If I want to share my vacation pictures with my intimate circle of close friends and family around the country (for, honestly, who else but my intimate circle of close friends and family would give a flying sex act about my vacation pictures) I will mail them prints, or send the pictures to them as an email attachment.

A large segment of the great unwashed masses are stupid.  But even smart people can have a momentary lapse of judgment and do something stupid.  The purpose, and the legacy, of Facebook is to proclaim this stupidity to the world and to posterity.


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