Monday, December 15, 2008

Life of the Political Party

As the season for holiday parties arrives, it is important to keep in mind the possible consequences of inauspiciously photographed festivities. One cautionary tale is recounted in the Huffington Post's story this month: "Facebook: Obama Speechwriter Parties With Clinton Cutout." As the Washington Post reports, an incriminating photo on the popular social network site showed politically-themed revelers tastelessly tipping a beer into Clinton's gullet and fondling the two-dimensional breast of her life-sized cardboard effigy.

Of course, there are also more positive representations of citizens interacting with Clinton's flattened effigy on the web, but it is sophomoric behavior recorded in Internet ephemera that makes for the national story.

(Thanks to historian Jennifer Luff for the link.)

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