Willow Tree Crotch
The author of the paragraphs below tracked back to me, but it took a while for me to approve the trackback and so his blog post might be missed, which would be a shame, because what he says about our anti-Britney-Crotch-Shot activism has some interesting implications and ramifications worth considering, particularly in light of Ampgate.
My recent favourite attack is a ‘feminist’ attack on the proliferation of pornographic images on the Net. In particular, the internet has been aflutter with a group of photographs that were taken of Britney Spears’ crotch that revealed that she did not wear underwear to a variety of functions. A group of feminists who take offense at the objectification of female genitalia on the Internet are fighting back.
… I’m intrigued as to what all of this activity is slowly doing to our ability to find particular information on the Internet. And to how it documents social responses to particular events in time. In essence, it is taking the methods that people use to search and turning them against the people that are doing the searching. What that means is that we already understand how important titles and links are on the Internet. Matt Cutts, at Google, demonstrates how important titles, headings and naming are to improving visibility when it comes to search. But if we are slowly working out ways to reverse-engineer search methodology and we are using that knowledge to counter the productivity of search to a specific end, will we ever be able to undo the mess that we are making?
How incredibly great would it be, for example, if we were able to make it really, really difficult for people to find pornography. Consider the possibilities!