No, Mom, I’m Not Looking at Internet Porn, or The Perils of Social Media

I do love my social media, don’t get me wrong, but it’s always good to know where the things you love can come back and bite you in the butt, no?

So, a lovely friend of mine sent my this message through Facebook the other day:

In the nicest most polite way possible, I was on stumbleupon, and apparently, my friends (more importantly, what they follow) are displayed. Not that I care/judge one way or the other, I’m just not sure if YOU were aware. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, please disregard.

Isn’t that nice? A heart-attack waiting to happen. I mean, how else do you react to that but ‘OMG! What!

Which is, of course, how I reacted.

Now, I don’t use Stumbleupon, but in setting up the social media widgets for my blog I’d interacted with it in the past, and I think it’s one of those things that if you’re on Facebook it knows who you are and the names of your still-unconcieved offspring too. So I raced over there in a panic to find out what in the world my friend had seen.

What I found was that I’d “stumbled” on Sex Scene, an Anthology. Now, I’ve got no problem with that, I’m in it. (No, not like THAT.) It’s an anthology of literary fiction. From the book blurb written by the editor, Robert James Russell:

Sex Scene: An Anthology aims to decontextualize sex, asking the reader to look at the act itself as not only a form of art, but also as the very basest of human urges.

The problem was caused by the fact that the tags applied to it were “porn” and “pornography.” (I’m not going to get into the erotica vs. porn or art vs. smut thing. Let’s just say this one ain’t for the kiddies.)

What all this boils down to is that my friend went to Stumbleupon and saw “Leah Petersen likes pornography.”

No mom, it’s not me. Promise.

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7 Responses to No, Mom, I’m Not Looking at Internet Porn, or The Perils of Social Media

  1. jennifer says:

    Yeah, that would be an awkward mother-daughter discussion!!

  2. Yes! My plan is working perfectly! 🙂
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  3. Yeah, thanks Rob. I mean, I’ve certainly NEVER looked at anything inappropriate on the internet. At least, not on purpose. Or for very long. Or, at least, not to enjoy it or anything, just, you know, research.
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  4. Scott Niven says:

    So many people get burned by this, and most of them never even know. Social media is a tricky beast!
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  5. Greta Mills says:

    teehee! that’s funny 🙂
    (and I read you piece in Sex Scene, and liked it. thought it was nicely done)

  6. Sheilagh Lee says:

    I’ve retweeted a few posts for people who have asked and my daughter said to me.Mom do you know what you’re tweeting.I said yes their books. She said that is erotic books I said I’m doing favours for other authors that also need help to sell their books.Luckily my daughter is open minded and dropped it.
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  7. I’m glad you liked it, Greta!
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