Thursday, January 24, 2008

Lights, Camera, Non-Action

In coverage of the developing news story involving images of high school water polo players photographed by a UC Irvine police dispatcher and then uploaded to gay porn sites without the subjects' knowledge, it is interesting to note how many of those sites seem to have benefited from free advertising from the coverage. For example, in "UCI Police Dispatcher Placed on Leave," there are mentions by name of "" and "" The article also explains the inadvertent connection between social media sites used for file-sharing by players and their parents and adult sites operated by less-than-scrupulous photographers:

Parents have confirmed that some photographs discovered on gay porn sites were reposted from sites intended only for the use by players' families and friends. It is not known who reposted the photographs.

A non-action photograph of one prominent Orange County high school water polo player that has been the subject of numerous lewd comments on several gay porn sites was originally posted on a page with dozens of photographs taken by a parent for other parents and friends to purchase.

The phrase "non-action" actually appears four times in the article and appears to be a euphemism for "non-sexual." It reminds me of the fame of the legendary figure "The Action Man" when I was in college, who was known for calling Harvard dorm rooms in search of male undergraduates who might be interested in "action."

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