(As per mod request, moved to new thread from "Growing Up," as it was a bit of a tangent/hijack).
Premise: having a digital record of one's childhood and teenage years is now the norm. (I read a sci-fi where it was termed "assorted juvenelia," which I thought was fairly clever). Hell, kids born since 2010 or so will have immortalized baby pictures in the caches of Google and FB. Someone with the know-how could probably dredge up everything almost anyone in most internet-connected cultures has done in the last fifteen years, give or take (measuring to the advent of personal computers becoming ubiquitous).
Sometimes we make fun of it. Recently, some celeb mag re-posted Taylor Swift's myspace photos and conversations with her friends (http://www.masslive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/03/cringeworthy_posts_from_taylor_1.html
). All inside jokes and cute t-shirts. Sometimes it's more serious -- note "the Fappening"/#FapGate of 2014 and the associated legal cases and costs, as well as conversation about what it means that sexy selfies are a common part of being a sexual adult (or near-adult, seeing as teens start taking nude images of themselves and friends before anyone wants to admit they do) nowadays. We still tell kids to be careful what they put online, but it's normal to have your real name, your real pictures and videos attached to accounts, daisychained across platforms, in a way that it just wasn't back when forums like the Hall were a primary mode of group communication. Sock puppets, multiple e-mail accounts for anonymity... some corners of the web still do that, but not many.
I'm just curious how long it'll take until, as part of a major political cycle, nudes of all the candidates are released as part of the campaign. I mean, I don't want to see Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton or (*shudder*) Donald Trump naked. But I -- only half jokingly -- reckon that sooner or later it'll be just a matter of getting it out of the way before they can get down to the real business of corruption, backstabbing, and mudslinging. In a campaign where the length of a candidate's fingers is fair game (http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2015/10/graydon-carter-donald-trump
) and said candidate responds with a defensive claim about his penis size... well, we don't have far to go.
Wanna take bets? I figure that if
it happens in the US (I can see Australia getting down to business, but don't know enough to make predictions) it'll be somewhere around... 2036. I would be surprised if there's not something of a backlash against the current trend of increasingly aged fields of candidates, so we'll see slightly younger politicians. That means folks who got their first camera phones in their teens and 20s. So. Yup.Bets? Responses from those familiar with other political systems and trends?I bet I get like noooo replies.