A Washington Post story had a link to this discussion by someone who is worried about shooting naked pictures of their baby.
This makes me sad on a number of levels — we’ve got pics of our kids in the bathtub, my parents have shots of me on the toidy, and the bare skin rug shot is a famous one of just about everyone.
I guess what amazes me is people who seem offended that they can’t safely put these sort of shots up on the Internet. My question: Why should you be able to do that safely?
No, seriously, why? It’s like walking down the street naked and screaming at people to quit looking. The Internet is TV on steroids, the modern equivalent of broadcasting your entire life. And then you tell people not to look?
The problem is that digital cameras and automatic computer downloading make sharing so darn easy — two clicks and it’s on facebook. And it does seem natural, a fun way to share.
And it is. I do it.
But, as I said, it’s not the same as putting the picture into an album you pull out to show visiting relatives. Computer files can be stolen, or go astray. E-mail can be intercepted and hacked. Facebook is a public forum, as are all those other photo sharing sites that let you post albums and even archive your family pictures. Privacy controls? What a joke.
And as the link makes clear, when you put pictures in those things you are even letting the public snoops and guardians of public morals see what you’ve been taking pictures of and question your reasons for doing so: Shot the kid sitting on his potty chair. What’s up with that? Better call the cops, just to be safe.
The last graph of the story is sad — a lady looks at a picture on her computer of her kid wearing cowboy boots and a smile, thinks it’s the cutest thing ever, and then nukes it.
Why not print it out, put the picture in an album, and THEN nuke the file? It’s your picture, keep it and enjoy it. You should do that with ALL your pictures, anyway, because digital storage will not last.
That shot of me on the potty chair is 60 years old, now, still as crisp as the day mom got it back from the photo lab. And, no, I will not be posting it anywhere.
You should do the same. If it is nobody else’s business, then don’t put it on the Internet.