Microsoft made an ad aimed at teens for its Kin cell phone-and then pulled it, after Consumer Reports said the company was promoting sexting, because the ad has a quick shot of a guy taking a photo of his chest and then sending it to a girl. Is this silly, as Gawker says ? Or is it a bad idea to sell a phone by showing a guy sending a shot of his nipples? Clearly this would be out of bounds if the guy were a girl. But I can't decide how much that matters. Because obviously he's not. Ah, the blurry line between playful and offensive in the sexting era. Thoughts?
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.