A Duke University graduate sent her "F**** List," and a powerpoint presentation for her thesis on her sexual prowess, by email to a friend. The rest is "history."
A hurtful story has gone viral on the World Wide Web, spreading faster than the Ebola virus, and likely becoming in one week the biggest Internet meme of all time.
All right, "all time" for the Internet isn't that long, nevertheless, during a period when cyberbullies have caused young men to commit suicide, it is disturbing that it was so warmly embraced.
Perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise. Sexual supermarkets were popular in ancient Greece. Thus the expression that prostitution is the oldest profession. And sports makes it even more enticing. But hasn't gossip been around longer?
With more data available on the Internet in a day than in all of pre-Web history, it was only a matter of time before sex took over our lives.
Unlike 's fictional "I Am Charlotte Simmons," based on information he gained at Duke University but called Dupont for his 2004 novel, this time the story included real people who led real lives.
The "glee," not the TV show, and pure venom that accompanied the story reminds me of Joe Peschi playing a gambling enforcer who knocks down a man and then kicks him in the head.
Karen Owen's story included a list of athletes she had had sex with, in order of competence.
Deadspin published the list and within 24 hours it had 300,000 page views. On Sunday it was still posted on the site.
of Google News has warned young people that they should be prepared to kiss their privacy goodbye. It's probably already gone. Schmidt, however, also has predicted that anonymity will be a thing of the past as the victims of privacy invasions seek justice.
Demanding that a cyberbully say to your face what was said online is no answer. It may well result in you getting punched in the face.
Even lawsuits, which are likely in the Owen case, probably won't go anywhere. U.S. law, designed to protect freedom of speech, emphasize those rights at the expense of privacy.
Perhaps an entertainment show, Saturday Night Live, has the answer. In a skit on celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred taking the case of 's undocumented house keeper, she was asked if she realized Nicky Diaz could be de`ported. The character playing Allred admitted she hadn't thought about that. Will Karen Owen be able to get a job?
Well, ask , , , the list goes on. And perhaps it is the public that is getting f***.
I was going to choose an image from Google of Karen Owen but freaked when I did a search and a photo of the heroic English doctor Karen Woo, murdered by the Taliban, appeared on the same page.
The horror! The horror!
Perhaps Karen Owen will inspire a Halloween costume.