Todo depende del cristal con el cual observas el mundo…

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Estaba hablando con una amiga y mencionó una palabra que me hizo pensar: “depende”. Carajo, incluso la canción esa tenía razón.

Depende, de qué depende,
de según como se mire todo depende.

Jarabe de Palo – Depende


¿Rubia + increíbles senos = estúpida?

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Me encantan los comerciales como los de Jessica Simpson, ya que se encargan de afianzar los ya casi clásicos estereotipos sociales: la rubia estúpida.


Sexting and the Single Girl by Jhon C. Dvorak

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These seven tips can save your kids—and you—from a lifetime of online embarrassment.

The Internet is often eternal. Once something appears on it, someone will invariably keep a copy of it—or the thing will simply stay online forever. Just as the rest of us are finally forgetting that video of the chubby kid prancing around the room with his light saber, someone will reintroduce it to a whole new generation of viewers. When this kid turns 60, I guarantee that someone will pull out the video at his birthday party.

Parents and siblings do enough damage riding their own immediate family members about their missteps as a four-year-old. But in-family embarrassment has nothing on the Internet. Family faux pas is seldom self-inflicted—most of the Internet’s embarrassing moments, however, are created by the targets themselves.

Tech-savvy parents—I include myself in that group—often lecture their kids about how every dumb thing they do on the Internet will never be forgotten. It’s like a tattoo. As for tattoos, I’ve prevented my kids from getting those by reminding them that they’re like buying a dumb sweater and wearing it for the rest of their lives. Posting dumb things on the Internet is worse. At least there’s a painful process to remove the tattoo. The Internet has no such safe guard. If something actually does disappear, that’s just luck. And there’s also the Wayback Machine for looking at those old pages that have been cached forever.

There are seven deadly things kids should be leery of, when it comes to electronic tattooing.

1. Sexting. This means sending lewd SMSs or pics via cell phone. This is probably the dumbest thing you can do, and, according to studies, as much as 40 percent of teenagers do it. I can understand the sophomoric humor in the concept of “virtual flashing” to gross someone out or tease them, but you know that these flirtations are being saved by other giddy teens. Since most of these pics are technically kiddie porn, you don’t see kids putting up Websites with these photos. But anyone playing this game is subject to child pornography laws and can be put on the various sex offender watch lists (which have been watered down by these sorts of dumb activities). Try to get a job in 10 years and see what happens. Get used to living at home for the rest of your life or pushing around a shopping cart.

2. Facebook and Myspace. People are often far too open on Facebook. This includes posting too much personal information and revealing or embarrassing photos you think are funny. Facebook is a product you use after agreeing to its terms of service. It’s a well known fact that the guy who runs the site is not interested in your privacy. Never assume that anything you post on the Internet is going to stay private. Nothing is. This is a giant, public network. Nowadays most employers, suitors, and would-be friends do their research through sites like Facebook. Try not to look like an irresponsible dummy.

3. Twitter. Did you know that various credit reporting agencies are now using Twitter to find out information about you? Sounding like an idiot on Twitter with hour-by-hour chatter about your feelings is incredibly revealing. Every so often I check in on someone’s “tweets,” only to discover that the person I just met is a total dingbat. Folks, these remarks never go away! Do yourself a favor and up the ante on your tweets. Try: “Wow. I just finished the last volume of Gibbon’s Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire. Great history!” Rather than: “Yuck. I just squished a spider. I hate spiders. Eeeeeeew.”

4. Blogging. Before Twitter and Facebook usurped much of the idle chatter, blogs were used for this purpose. Story after story emerged about how some dummy was fired from their job for blogging about their boss or co-worker in an unflattering manner. The weird part is that they were flabbergasted when it happened to them. I’ve never understood why someone wants to reveal their innermost feelings on a blog. It’s generally not that entertaining. Too often it focuses on someone’s cat. You have to wonder why people present such sad personalities online. Do they even know that they’re doing it?

5. Chat Rooms. While they’re not in the news as much as they once were, there are probably more chat rooms now than ever before. Many today are video chats on sites like Stickam. It’s impossible to condemn chat room since their value as support channels for open-source programs and feedback is so incredibly valuable. But sex chat rooms were participants titillate one another ought to be mentioned as potentially dangerous. If someone wanted to track you down, your IP address is easily captured and logged by the system itself. It’s also very easy to record a video chat. Again, since much of this activity is between teens, little is posted on the Internet, because of kiddie porn laws. But it could happen. Unless you are seriously thinking of becoming a porn star, do something else with your time! What would an employer think if they got a hold of the video? What would your mom think?

6. Flickr. I constantly use Flickr to do due diligence on people. Why not? If someone has hundreds of pictures posted of him or herself, an immediate red flag goes up. Why do you need so many pictures of yourself online? These pictures were usually taken at parties where people end up acting like the Whore of Babylon or an out-and-out drunk. Believe me, these pictures define you to others. “Did you see this picture of Joan and Alan? What is wrong with those two?!”

7. YouTube. Don’t post your personal rants. A handful of people are actually entertaining while in their room at their parents’ house complaining about friends or current events. But most people look idiotic doing the same thing. While you can indeed remove videos from YouTube, I can assure you that, if you are really making a fool of yourself, someone will capture the stream and repost it. Again, you can expect to see yourself as a dopey 15-year-old on the big screen of every birthday part from 21 to 60. Like the fat kid with the sword, you may forever be defined by that video. It’s like a tattoo.

Two 13-year-old kids sexting each other are not going to be dissuaded by casting a sexual predator as a bogeyman. And, expect in chat rooms, this is not the issue. The issue for them is long- and short-term reputation.

When I was a kid, there seemed to be more of a concern about reputation. I’m sure it hasn’t changed that much. I’m convinced that it’s only the lack of understanding as to the permanence of the Internet. It can haunt you forever. I’m still fighting about a column I wrote 26 years ago.

If you have children, make them read this column. Hopefully they’ll realize that they are treading on thin ice with some of their habits. Adults should read this column, too—though if they’re still acting like kids online, it may be too late.

Originally posted to PCMag.

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