As you know, we recently launched our Today’s Best series, which features a photo of an attractive woman at the beginning of every post. Someone whose opinion I respect greatly told me she thought it objectified women and did not reflect favorably on me as a person and a blogger.
As I said, I respect her opinion, so I changed the title of the section from the flippant “Eye Candy” to the more respectful “Today’s Best Beauty”, and I plan to always include only tasteful photos in that section. That seems like a reasonable compromise to me.
Plus, what I don’t she realizes is that the very first image ever published on the Worldwide Web “objectified” women.
Here is the image, with the story of its posting below:
Image source: Here
The story was told to the BBC by Silvano de Gennaro, a songwriter and “Internet pioneer” who sent the above photo to Tim Berners-Lee after the Cernettes performed at the CERN Hardonic Festival. This was all the way back in 1992.
Here is how Gennaro described it:
Tim Berners-Lee asked me for a few scanned photos of “the CERN girls” to publish them on some sort of information system he had just invented, called the “World Wide Web”. I had only a vague idea of what that was, but I scanned some photos on my Mac and FTPed them to Tim’s now famous “info.cern.ch”. How was I to know that I was passing an historical milestone, as the one above was the first picture ever to be clicked on in a web browser!”
You see what this means, don’t you? All bloggers now have an eternal trump card to anyone who suggests that we are somehow dumbing down or trashing up the Internet by posting images of attractive women. In fact, when bloggers post images and galleries of pretty ladies, we’re actually just using the web as it was intended by the creators!
Tim Berners-Lee is to the Worldwide Web as James Naismith is to basketball*. Mr. Berners-Lee paved the way, and we’re all just following his lead.
So, in the true spirit of the web, here is a tasteful, eye-pleasing, and ultimately gratuitous animated GIF of Minka Kelly. It’s how Tim Berners-Lee would have wanted it.
GIF source: LiveJournal
* – I’m sure this is an incomplete analogy, and I don’t now the full history of the web’s creation, but you get the idea. No matter what, Berners-Lee was the man and certainly more influential in the creation and proliferation of the web than Al Gore.