NEW YORK ( — It seems the keywords “Lindsay” and “Lohan” and “nude” created a bit of an Internet bottleneck Monday and then sparked a feverish debate in the blogosphere and in the online news world.

The troubled Hollywood starlet and New York native posed for steamy photos that appeared in New York magazine an on its Website. In the photos, Lindsay emulates Marilyn Monroe’s final photo shoot. The photos were taken by Bert Stern — the same photographer who created Marilyn portfolio. Lindsay appears nude or semi-nude, with little more than jewelry and a sheer fabric covering her.

New York magazine reports that interest in the pictures caused a hangup on the magazine’s Website as servers struggled to handle the demand for the official unveiling of Lindsay’s breasts. The magazine posted additional photos online later in the week.

The reaction online to the article and photos was fast and furious. Media outlets all over the world (including ran articles about the photos, and quickly commentators and bloggers weighed in on the spread’s merits or disgrace.


Robert Peters, President of MIM, had the following comments in response to New York Magazines (2/25/08 issue) effort to use Lindsay Lohan to re-create Marilyn Monroes legendary last (nude) photo shoot.I thankfully cannot claim to have examined every mainstream magazine that has published nude photographs of women, but of the ones I have seen, New York Magazines effort to recreate Marilyn Monroes legendary last (nude) photo shoot pushes the envelope further than them all.

This is, of course, part of the problem with pushing the envelope. What at first offends and even shocks loses its power to do so, after viewers are repeatedly exposed to similar content. That leaves the exploiter of sex with two choices. Back off or push the envelope even further.

In this issue, New York hasnt just recreated a series of photographs of Marilyn Monroe that have blasphemously become known as The Last Sitting, it has followed in the footsteps of Playboy magazine.

I describe the New York nude photo shoot as soft-core porn, for the same reason that people describe Playboy magazines nude photo shoots as soft-core porn. Men who subscribe to Playboy for the purpose of viewing naked women dont do so because of their appreciation for great art; so men who buy New York to see a naked Lindsay Lohan wont be doing so because of their appreciation for great art.

Of course, with this particular issue of New York, some people can be expected to buy the publication just to see how low a mainstream magazine and Hollywood starlet will go for the sake of notoriety.

A backdoor in MySpace’s architecture allows anyone who’s interested to see the photographs of some users with private profiles — including those under 16 — despite assurances from MySpace that those pictures can only be seen by people on a user’s friends list. Info about the backdoor has been circulating on message boards for months.Since the glitch emerged last fall, it has spawned a cottage industry of ad-supported websites that make it easy to access the photographs, spurring self-described pedophiles and run-of-the-mill voyeurs to post photos pilfered from private MySpace accounts.The bug, and its long-term survival, raises new questions about privacy on the News Corp.-owned site, even as it touts a deal with the attorneys general of 49 states meant to polish its online-safety images.

Forbes: The Privacy Paradox

February 15, 2008

How much do you value your online privacy? Are you willing to trade your personal data for privacy? Many, including search engines, confused by the complex Web surfers’ attitude toward privacy online.

“Consumers express a lot of concern about their privacy online in surveys. At the same time, very few engage in privacy-protecting activities,” says Leslie Harris, executive director of the privacy advocacy group Center for Democracy and Technology. “There’s a real inconsistency.”

A Pew Internet Study from 2005 showed that 54% believe that Web sites that track their behavior invade their privacy. But the same study showed that 64% would give up personal information to get access to a Web site.

Many women hate their bodies, disregarding their beauty and magnifying the smallest imperfections. If you see only jiggling thighs, saggy breasts and a flabby belly when you look in the mirror, Carson Kressley has a message for you!

For four years, Carson and the other members of the Fab Five transformed sloppy straight guys into gentlemen of style on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Now, Carson is putting his stylish sensibilities back to work as he helps women of all sizes learn to love their bodies on the show How To Look Good Naked. In January 2008, the show became the most-watched reality series premiere in the Lifetime Television Network’s history.

Comedy Central’s Steven Colbert interviews Leonard Nimoy who challenges American standard of beauty with photographs of nude overweight women.

Beauty brands are joining social networking websites like Facebook to spark discussions about their products, spread the word and bond with consumers.

Social networking websites are becoming ever more popular but their marketing potential is only just being recognized.Groups have now been created to celebrate most big brands in the cosmetics industry but only a few are succeeding in attracting large numbers of visitors.Unlike conventional advertising, marketing on sites like Facebook and MySpace is extremely cheap and has the potential to put customers in touch with one another.