I’ve been thinking about the intersection of two very different stories in the news in recent days: the Muslim riots over that trashy anti-Muhammad video and the nudie shots of Princess Kate that are showing up in various European newspaper.
The Muslims want the video to disappear, and the royals are going to court trying to do the same to the revealing photos of Kate. Alas, thanks to the Internet neither will happen. The video and the racy photos will be with us as long as the Internet – or some future version of it – exists. As soon as controversial content hits the Net, someone somewhere will copy and cache it. Anyone who really wants to see this stuff will be able to, forevermore.
That’s unfortunate, but it also reinforces a couple of things: It’s useless to get too upset about what’s out on the Internet. And for heaven’s sake, if you’re one of the most photographed women in the world, don’t sunbathe topless. Even on a desert island a satellite can probably get a snapshot.