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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Teen Tired of Internet Attention Agrees to Do Piece on Unwanted Internet Attention....Wait....

Thanks for giving me unsolicited and gift-wrapped material Allison Stokke and family. Honestly now, who thinks the best way to deal with a lot of Internet attention is to agree to a piece -- pictures included mind you -- at a major, global newspaper's website? I hadn't heard anything of this chick until a friend of mine, who knows all too well of my penchant for 18 year old pole vaulters, sent me the link to the article in the WaPo. Brilliant strategy. From the article:[emphasis mine]
In her high school track and field career, Stokke had won a 2004 California state pole vaulting title, broken five national records and earned a scholarship to the University of California, yet only track devotees had noticed. Then, in early May, she received e-mails from friends who warned that a year-old picture of Stokke idly adjusting her hair at a track meet in New York had been plastered across the Internet. She had more than 1,000 new messages on her MySpace page. A three-minute video of Stokke standing against a wall and analyzing her performance at another meet had been posted on YouTube and viewed 150,000 times.


The wave of attention has steamrolled Stokke and her family in Newport Beach, Calif. She is recognized -- and stared at -- in coffee shops. She locks her doors and tries not to leave the house alone. Her father, Allan Stokke, comes home from his job as a lawyer and searches the Internet. He reads message boards and tries to pick out potential stalkers.
What kind of fear-laden world do parents live in today? I'm guessing that poor Allison had a MySpace page before her "celebrity" status, based upon the fact that she had over 1,000 messages left on her site/page whatever the fuck kids call it. (Hey, that's almost as many people as go to the Oriole's home games. It must be a lot.) So Papa Stokke, where were you when your daughter was setting up a public social networking site online? One with pictures and personal information. Isn't that dangerous by your standards? And to return to the obvious point....Why do this Post piece if you are so worried about the attention? The Post gets many, many, many more hits than any sports blog that posts Allison's picture accompanied by terrifying and sadistic text like:
By targeting his comedic writing to 18- to 35-year-old males, Ufford has built a sports blog that attracts almost 1 million visitors each month. Ufford writes tongue-and-cheek items about the things his readers love: athletes and beautiful women. Stokke qualified as both. She was, therefore, a "no-brainer to write about," Ufford said. He posted her picture and typed a four-paragraph blurb to accompany it. Meet pole vaulter Allison Stokke. . . . Hubba hubba and other grunting sounds
Wait...That's what the guy wrote? Quick question for Baylen--How hard is it to delete our archives? Or at least erase all the "Rob" tags on my archived posts and replace it with "cicero"....Not too hard right? Didn't think so......

Full article here.