Erin Andrews episode echoes through media canyons

What with the Erin Andrews video story refusing to die, I was asked to write a brief opinion piece on the subject for the Wednesday newspaper.

So I did.

I spent about three hours Tuesday discussing this with a half-dozen sports media figures - Is there anything else people talk about these days? - and ended up feeling lousier than ever about the whole thing.

Will this latest spasm of media navel-gazing make newspaper Web sites and bloggers less apt to rely on gratuitous pictures of attractive women?

Probably not, but I can't control that.

Will it make this particular blogger less apt to do so?

We shall see, I suppose, but I'd like to think so.

Comments (6)

Come now, Neil. No reason to run 180 degrees in the other direction. Your audience is primarily male. We like to look at pretty ladies. We like beer and sports and chicken wings. That's not going to change. Nor should the things you, and other tasteful journalists, use to whet our various appetites. With the caveat being that it not cross a moral, ethical, or legal line. Most people know, instinctively, where that line is. You know that showing pictures of cheerleaders dressed like cheerleaders is okay. That showing swimsuit models in swimsuits is just fine. Most of you, and most of us with half a brain, understand the difference between those things and this disgusting one that the vidoegraphing creepy sicko pulled.

You may recall what Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once said in a 1964 case seeking to define the word 'pornography.' "I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so," wrote Stewart. "But I know it when I see it."

I saw the whole video and am amazed there is apparently no security monitoring at that hotel. How can someone stand outside her door that long without being noticed. And how long did the peep stand there waiting for her to undress. If the hotel had security cameras in the hallway this never would have happened, or, the peep would be caught by now.

I saw the whole video and am amazed there is apparently no security monitoring at that hotel. How can someone stand outside her door that long without being noticed. And how long did the peep stand there waiting for her to undress. If the hotel had security cameras in the hallway this never would have happened, or, the peep would be caught by now.

Jeff just won comment of the week in my book.


Karl Popper once remarked -- and Best proves every day -- that ignorance is not the absence of knowledge but a conscious choice.

thanks charlie! i'm still looking for that elusive 2nd ring!

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