Selfies, revenge porn, and the indignities of social media

Selfies, revenge porn, and the indignities of social media

Bill Nye, Barack Obama and Neil deGrasse Tyson in the midst of a selfie fest. Wonder which ones we haven't seen? (Public domain photo)

WASHINGTON, November 24, 2015 – Silly me . . .  I thought the whole concept of “revenge porn” was something cooked up by The Onion people as a satire on our Internet Age.

Turns out I was wrong. Seriously flawed in my thinking.

What brought it home to me was a story from Shreveport, Louisiana, where a certain Ms. Krystal Holmes has been arrested and “charged with four counts of nonconsensual disclosure of a private image.”

This is NOT like a parking ticket: Violators can now face up to two years in jail and/or $10,000 in fines.”

And it has a very broad and liberal interpretation, at least in Louisiana:  

“The law is not just limited to social media, it also covers pictures that are sent via text or email. Basically a photo shared in any way not approved by the person in the photo.”

As a man who has had serious relationships – and problems – with a number of people, I began to sweat after digesting the above information.

I once drew a large black mustache on my former spouse in a family portrait photo we had done in happier days, and then, in a fit of pique, sent it to one of my kids.

Does that count as “revenge porn”? Probably in Louisiana it does, knowing those honyockers.

As always, the only way to deal with the situation is by deploying iambic heptameter:

Do not get hotsy-totsy with your ever-lovin’ spouse,
cuz if you have a bust up he/she just may be a louse.
An image intimate and steamy may appear one day
on Pinterest, Facebook, maybe even Twitter, by the way.
And if, perchance, you had a date with drinking to excess,

you’d better hope no Instagram caught you in some undress.

A classy image like this could go viral in a snap
and send your reputation down the crapper with the crap.
You never know who’s out to get you, and may have the means
to put your naked butt up on a million mobile screens.
Perhaps they’ll go to jail for doing you the dirty, mate;
but that won’t help you next time you are looking for a date!

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