Monday, March 22, 2004

Hard to believe but true...

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Do you ever get that feeling that you may be living in a parallel universe? That the world around you is one manifestation of earth, and there may be other manifestations that co-exist without your knowledge of them? Two articles this week left me with that feeling...

The first is a recent article from Wired called Dogging Craze Has Brits in Heat. The opening paragraph pretty much says it all: "Giving new meaning to the term 'flash mob,' the British have invented a new sex craze called 'dogging' that mixes sex, exhibitionism, mobs and the Internet. Dogging combines technology with swinging, cruising and voyeurism. To wit: Crowds big and small watch exhibitionist couples who've met on the Net have sex in cars, and sometimes join in." There's really not that much more to say -- this apparently is a growing "trend", and the article is full of details.

The second article is just as easy to understand right from the title: teens swap nude photos of themselves on Web. It's pretty easy to do:
  1. Take the family's digital camera
  2. Snap a nude picture of yourself
  3. Mail it to your friends
What this trend needs is a good, catchy name. Perhaps, "Personal Porn." Or, "My Porn." The merge of this trend and the previous trend with video phones would be... Well, it's pretty easy to imagine.

Today's enterprising teenager would simply archive the nude photos that arrive via email and wait for any of his/her classmates to become moderately successful in the years to come. "Remember that nude photo you sent me back in middle school?"

Of course by then, maybe it won't matter...

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