Rupert Howell editorial 9/5/2015

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 5, 2014

Nekkid on the Cloud, expecting no one to look

What’s this world coming too?

Crisis in the Middle East, civil unrest among several Muslim factions, racial unrest in Missouri, uncertainty in what to do about Russia in the Ukraine . . . What else could go wrong? 

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And in what’s being called the biggest celebrity hacking incident in internet history, more than 100 female celebrities have had their private nude images stolen and published online. 

Columnist Clementine Ford of Daily Life website states, “If you deliberately seek out any of these images, you are directly participating in the violation not just of numerous women’s privacy but also of their bodies.”

Oh, puhleez!

Anybody who thinks they can send a photo or message over the internet or store it in a “cloud” safely is out of touch with reality. Especially if that person is something of a beautiful celebrity and the object is nude photos.

Back in the day you had to get film “developed” or develop it yourself. Guess what? A technician was involved and if you don’t think the technicians checked out the photos they processed, you are out of touch. Some may have felt more secure by sending film to out of town labs, but guess what? They have technicians, too.

A friend in the early 1970s photographed Ole Miss football games and was excited that he may have had on film a great picture of Archie Manning. 

When he went to the processor to pick up his prints the following week, there was a framed 11×17 of his Archie picture in the lab for all the customers to see.

You would be much safer taking a “Polaroid” and hiding it in a sock drawer if anyone remembers what a Polaroid is.

A saying around my family is, “The further one gets from their food source, the more irrational they become.”

Looks like the computer age with worldwide web’s instant communication is grounds for another saying, “If you don’t want to share it, don’t take it, post it, or write it.”

With recent unveiling of NSA technology and what can be recorded through a smart phone or other electronic devices, Big Brother may be watching anywhere, anytime.

So if you’re taking nudies, hide your phone and don’t stand in front of the computer unless you want the world to see. And don’t store them in a cloud that is connected to the WorldWideWeb!

Which reminds me of a young friend who took nudies with a Polaroid many years ago. When the aging parents later helped with a move years later after an ugly divorce, guess what resurfaced?

Nothing’s safe.