I’m indebted to reader Sandra who IMed me suggesting that a lot of people, girls mostly, have turned the self-portrait taken with their cellphone into something of an internet meme, ranging from underwear shots or party clothes, often posted to Facebook, to fully nude shots sent to boyfriends (often at the prompting of boyfriends, I would guess). I don’t use or like Facebook, so I’m afraid this element of ‘social media’ has passed me by. Clearly, I’m getting old and am now longer in touch with what motivates ‘the kids’ (although why girls and apparently guys too would wish to compromise themselves in such a way is beyond my sphere of understanding. You just know that in 20 years time one of these ill-conceived shots will puncture someone’s bid to become President or Prime Minister of their country, emerging at a very inopportune moment (probably just after election?) and will probably derail someone’s promotion within their employment.
This sort of stuff still doesn’t play well with ‘the powers that be’, and I’ve read a couple of recent media stories about teachers being sacked after compromising photos of them emerged. One, a UK teacher, had her employment terminated after it emerged she’d posed for a calendar. Not even nude, swimwear clad as I recall, she was nonetheless sacked and her chances of pursuing her chosen career are diminished.
While not remotely ‘naturist’, Sandra’s photos show how people do like to play with RL concepts and replicate them in SL. I find the idea amusing and the invention and delivery delightful in concept. There are a lot of people out there in SL land willing to construct new ideas stolen from RL.
As seen from behind, Sandra poses nude in the bathroom mirror, cellphone in hand
The same pose as it might be seen in the mirror. I’m particularly taken by the fact that the taps form the foreground, successfully completing the replication of RL in SL.