Thursday, November 02, 2006

The Sacking of Photo Friday

Shamer in Chief, S, pushed a hastily scribbled note under our door the other day while on his paper round. 'Check out Photo Friday's "accidental" ', it said, 'Never has a photo meme been so violated!'. With an urgency usually only associated with grabbing the remote control and turning up the volume when Condoleeza comes on the tele, memeshame clicked through the tabs on his new Internet Explorer 7 ('BikiniBabes... BeijingInvest... BluegrassWorld... AdvancedCarpentry... where the hell is it?... Ah, here we are... Photo Friday') and we poured over the entries in disbelief. Memeshame reckons he feels dirty and I've not been able to get him out of the bathroom since (although that might be something else entirely). We've had a full postbag recently from Shamees denouncing their former submission-related behaviour and thanking us for our cruel-to-be-kind methods in showing them the error of their ways. So self-satisfied were we that we were thinking of booking ourselves a weekend in Vegas (the ever-yummy David Copperfield for me, something called Aussie Angles for memeshame- he tells me it's something to do with his carpentry course, dovetails or something) but we can see now that we can't spare the time. You're all spiraling out of control. Our despair was too overwhelming to go much beyond the first 50 or so entries to Photo Friday but here are a few of the entries that have prompted the crisis. Bear in mind that the theme was 'accidental'

Working out who should appear on the Named and Shamed list on the right is a task too depressing for us to undertake alone. Mail us with your nominations for the least appropriate ten.


Blogger neene said...

after wading through the first 10 (and then checking to make sure i wasn't on the list) i have come to the conclusion that the high percentage of incomprehensible entries is simply a result of misinterpretation and that somehow the theme was construed to mean: "pick your favorite image that you shot accidentally"

4:08 PM  
Blogger ThomP said...

There is crime... and then there is funny....

Is there space for both on memeshame???

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Rusty Lopez said...

First, thanks for the increase in traffic.

Second, one of the many interesting aspects of the subjective world of art is how varied the opinions of others are. Artistic hubris, however, attempts to insert one's subjective opinion in an objective manner. PhotoFriday listed a topic simply as "Accidental". The word "accidental" is publically defined as "Occurring unexpectedly, unintentionally, or by chance." and " A property, factor, or attribute that is not essential." The particular, albeit unimpressive, photo I submitted for this one word theme was a photo I produced "unexpectedly, unintentionally," and "by chance." That was my interpretation of the theme. Given the broad nature of the one word theme, there was no misinterpretation at all - prove me wrong.

Third, it's also interesting to see the results of voting on this particular theme. Greg Lawler's contribution (and, btw, I have met Greg and consider him a great guy and an equally great photog) was titled "Accident." Well, the definition of accident is not necessarily the same as that of accidental. Accident: "An unexpected and undesirable event, especially one resulting in damage or harm", "An unforeseen incident," and "An instance of involuntary urination or defecation in one's clothing." Yeah! Greg nailed a depiction of that last definition! But did he nail "Accidental"?

5:45 AM  
Blogger memeshame said...

deeare neene: We think you are correct and would feel remoresful about it if only we didn't already have such a long list of things to feel remoserful about. We will, however, add this to the list.

Dear Thomp: He is criminal and funny at the same time. Actually, we feel that criminal and funny almost never appear separately in nature. And there is no room for him on me, for mememonitor is already there. But if you mean on the Photo Meme Hall of Shame, we have unlimited capacity.

Dear Rusty Lopez: First, you got traffic? It wasn't from us. We swear. We have so little and of what we have we are quite selfish.

Second: You are right. Our conscience neene pointed this out to us.

Third: We have found that voting on Photo Friday is so silly because of our belief that no human can/will/should click on the multiple hundred entries. We do agree with your premise of word form and have found it to be a complicating factor in many, many, many, submissions.

Please notify your friend Greg Lawler that you shamed him on the Photo Meme Hall of Shame. He'll be delighted without a doubt. As are we,

your noisy upstairs neighbors,

The Right Honourable Memes, Monitor and Shame, Esq, et al.

8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuzzy Points has submitted 3 different pictures for the "Light" theme, although Photo Friday obvious and known rule is: "One Link Per Challenge". They are spread all over the list: #742, #433 and #57, in case you miss the capital letters and the asterisks...

12:30 PM  
Anonymous memeshame said...

Dear Anonymous,

We have checked and you are indeed correct. We have called him on it here in our forum and told him to stop it and that he is a Bad Monkey, BAD! He has also done it in much smaller memes when you can CLEARLY SEE his multiple entries RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER! He makes us bonkers! We don't know what to DO with him although mememonitor wants to spank him but this, I think, is unrelated to his bad behaviour on the Photo Memes.

4:42 PM  
Anonymous memeshame said...

Dear Mr Lopez,

We here at the Photo Meme Hall of Shame recently went back and visited your friend's photo and have decided that it is VERY deserving of shaming as does Mr Lawler for taking and posting it. We here at the Photo Meme Hall of Shame operate by certain rules where we do not mock photographers, photoblogs, or photos, only their misplaced entry.

Until now.

Mr Lawler's HORRID photo which is CLEARLY deserving of mocking of the highest order is of such poor taste that we shall ignore our own rules and hold this as the exception which proves the rule.
We are uncomfortable with the exploitation of children even if by their own parents. We think of images that the child would regret as an adult as being a form of exploitation as they are unable to grant consent. Mr Lawler's image is not an embarrassing first birthday photo with cake smeared all over the poor victims face (which we also dislike) but enters a realm of its own in the objectification of the subject. We'll only mention it here so as to not draw further notice of it. We are constantly disappointed in Photo Friday and it's CLEARLY flawed voting system.

4:55 PM  
Blogger ThomP said...

If you looked more carefully you would have notice that I infact submitted 4... This was a test. I wanted to see if they would do anything about it if you gave them a push. It did work, and thank you for noticing:)

As for the voting. It's fugged up. Don't bother trying. As our esteemed shamers have pointed out to us, weekly shot is the only meme worth winning... The rest are just fun

7:13 PM  
Anonymous Rusty Lopez said...

First, you got traffic? It wasn't from us. We swear. We have so little and of what we have we are quite selfish.

Yes, I got traffic (which means my site visits are even fewer than yours... but I don't horde them).

And regarding Greg Lawler's potential use of his photo in manipulating his daughter's actions in the future - any father will tell you that the two best weapons he can have to protect his teenage daughter are: 1) a loaded shotgun (for the hormone crazed teenage males drawn to his daughter) and, for the daughter, 2) self-incriminatory evidence (as in photos) of the daughter in her earlier years.

At the very least, Greg is taking care of point # 2.

6:17 AM  
Blogger memeshame said...

Dear Mr Lopez,

As we are without children of blackmailing age, we concede to you again in your sporting defense of Mr Lawler's image. You have dampened us and put out our fires of self righteousness. Now we are simply offended. :)


The Right Hounorable Memes, Monitor and Shame, Esq, et al.

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Wojtek (voy'teck) said...

Well, there is more at every submission. Sometime I feel like people just post an image without checking the theme. Many times they have no clue how to add their link and what happens is as soon as they post new image on their blog, the linked image on PF changes.

You caught me on a mistaken submitted photo too, I misstyped the database number and posted wrong image. The problem is you cannot delete your submission.

All the best,

3:34 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

In my defense - "accidental" brought to mind our new dog, where "accident-prone" or "leaving presents accidentally" might have been more appropos. So while I am ashamed of interpeting a single word in a way that was inadvertently called out, I will mention that I could've used the same picture for the "Evil" meme, but I passed. You've made me scared. In a good way. Maybe.

6:06 AM  

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