Tuesday, May 26, 2009

My So-Called Blog

Jeez. May 2009 is shaping up to be my weakest month ever as a blogger. I'd better shape up! It's not like I haven't experienced anything blogworthy. I've just been really lazy about getting over here and writing something about it. In the last two months I got engaged (!), took a trip to Austin, TX, started to chip away at my summer movie list, and finished a few books. I turned 40 just last week. Hell, I even had the most incredible dining experience of my life. Time to get back to the old blog! Just as soon as I finish this box of milk duds.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Plea For Reason

This is a fantastic quote.
The recent attention to teen "sexting" has focused quite a lot on the presumed self-exploitation of kids, not so much on the prurient reflex of grown-ups who spy on and punish them. It has dwelt quite a lot on the traps of technology, not so much on the desires that precede picking up a camera. Quite a lot on the question of whether the teens are sex offenders or merely stupid, sluttish or mean, not so much on the freedom to see and be. Quite a lot on the legal meaning of images, not so much on the ways in which making them might delight, or on the cultural freakout that colors law, images and how they are perceived.
Hat tip to Nation contributor JoAnn Wypijewski for adding a soothing voice of rationality to the cacophony surrounding the latest teen sex scare.