12 March 2009

Well, shoot

Warning: this one isn't particularly funny. But it was on my mind.

A few days ago I read about a problem some people are encountering on Facebook. Here's the article: http://www.slate.com/id/2212301/

Basically, on Facebook, people can tag you in a picture, and many people are uploading embarrassing old pictures of their friends thus removing any dignity a person may have attained in the years since high school.

I think I would have enjoyed the article more if it hadn't been so relevant. Last week a guy I knew in high school uploaded a picture from a marching band trip. It's not the most flattering picture of me. For one, when I was a teenager I had what doctors refer to as a bit of a weight problem. I also had bad acne and an attitude problem and I had a habit of dyeing my hair strange colors - blue for instance. It's mostly red in this particular picture but I appear to be holding my hand up to a tuba player's head, gun-like.

In my defense, I never really shot anyone, and if memory serves, he probably deserved it. But the point is that I'm not that obnoxious little punk anymore and it's a little awkward seeing pictures like these resurface at random. I don't feel a huge connection to the Jill in the picture and it seems weird that people might see the photo and think, oh, that's Jill.

But I have no control over who uploads what pictures and whether they tag me in them or not. So I've formulated a sort of revenge: I'm going to upload my own pictures from band trips, and the more they incriminate others the better. I figure it's my only recourse.

So be warned, people. If you photo tag me ... I'll tag back. And it won't be pretty. I've done a lot of dumb things in my life with a lot of dumb people, and I have pictures.


Deka said...

my old high school friends went through a wave of reminiscing last month and uploaded tons of old pictures of me. i untagged all of them!

Rabbi Lars Shalom said...