Tuesday, October 13, 2009

wear our clothes and look like....yikes

The amusing controversy over the extraordinary Photoshop job someone at Ralph Lauren did on already pretty skinny (though not actually a scary enormo-headed stick-insect alien in real life) model Filippa Hamilton seems to have made it into the papers, including the Daily Mail and the Irish Independent. This allows me to do two things:
  • Firstly, link to the always amusing Photoshop Disasters blog where the image was first posted, before BoingBoing picked it up and ran with it.
  • Secondly, cite this as another example of the Streisand Effect as previously noted here and here - Ralph Lauren's lawyers might have imagined that getting all DMCA on both Photoshop Disasters and BoingBoing's respective asses would have helped cover their embarrassment, but they couldn't have been more wrong. PD's ISP (Google) caved in immediately, but BoingBoing just responded with further mockery, which inevitably exposed the whole episode to a larger audience. (I gather BoingBoing's ISP being based in Canada rather than the USA is significant here, but IANAL, as you know. Chilling Effects has useful info if you're getting hassled by The Man.)

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