Any stranger who decides he wants a snapshot of you using his mobile device, or other photo apparatus, should have the courtesy of asking first if you wouldn’t mind. Of course, what this person does with it is entirely beyond our control. Who’s to stop him? And what then if this unknown decides to upload it just anywhere and everywhere on the Net?
It’s humiliating enough to see youth (and it is generally a generation younger than me) holding up their phone at face height in the seat facing you – or passing you by in the street – because you (don’t) really know what they are up to, do you? I mean, one just decides you look funny in that hat, and you’re ‘shot’ in action, and go public within seconds.
And there isn’t really much difference, when you’re passing someone in the street who’s giggling and telling another that the hat – or smile, as it happens – you’re wearing looks rather obscene to them – and doesn’t care that beneath that hat is a pair of ears in perfect working-order. Can they not keep their comments to themselves? (and be concerned with their own?)
Where I live, this happens ALL THE TIME. (It just seems to becoming the norm… )
Where is the line drawn between humility and humiliation? Where is plain eloquence? Where is serene silence to be found? Respect and do-onto-others?
Oh, just forget it; who’s really listening… you’ve got your earphones on anyway, right?