A high school student on a class field trip to the University of Alabama Birmingham decides to take a selfie with a cadaver and post it on Instagram. She took it down, but not before one of her classmates took a screen shot for posterity (the internet is forever, so be careful in what you post).
So what's wrong with people? This kind of thoughtless stunt boggles my mind.
Are we so wrapped up in the "Me" culture that we are incapable of showing respect for others, living or deceased? Of institutions of higher learning?
On the internet, few people take the time to think about what they are doing or saying before they hit the send button.
You raise two great issues here:
1) A culture of disrespect. Our culture. Little old ladies are no
longer helped across the street. They get the one-finger salute from
drivers with road rage.
A year or so ago I attended a funeral at which which three people in
front of me drank lattes and checked Twitter and texts during the
service. They also talked and laughed audibly.
I kid you not, as Jack Parr used to say.
2) -- And it is related: The electronic world of communication seems
to, for some reason, corrode simple civility. People seem to feel they
can say anything in a blog or an e-mail -- slander a work colleague,
threaten the president, describe their sex life, real or imagined. How
do we establish some standards of fact and decency in this medium?
Hey, what say ye of Putin's Olympics?
Check out these Olympic fashion statements:
KW: News of the weird dept:
NEWARK, Ohio -- No matter what the happiness-stomping basement-dwellers of the Internet say, they can’t take this away from her: She is Sexy. Sexy Ranea Crabtree got her new name in court today, during the briefest of court hearings before Licking County Probate Judge Robert Hoover. The Pataskala woman had requested to legally ditch her first name, Sheila, which she hated so much she’d only refer to it as “Ugly.”
I don't think I'd change my name to "Sexy"--probably because I don't want to violate any "truth in advertising" laws.
"Kirk" has always been a frustrating name because you have to spell it out for people or they call you Kurt or Curtis. My parents almost named me "George", so "Kirk" isn't all that bad.
Have you ever thought of changing your name?
KB: Yes to Dazed and Confused
The Last Word: No matter what you think of his political skills, Mike Bell was a courageous mayor who did a lot for Toledo. He should have been on the stage and asked to speak at the SeaGate center memorial to the fallen firefighters.