The permanence of the Internet is a funny thing. For something that’s seemingly fleeting and ever changing, it’s becoming just as much a memorial of words and images as it is a dumpsite. In general, we don’t police those words and images, allowing them to languish, burning into the collective body of cyberspace.
It’s apparent that my brother hasn’t googled himself lately. Knowing how, once my brother latched on to it, with his well-known tendency toward self aggrandizement, it’s surprising that his Facebook page, his friends’ and family’s email in boxes, the bulletin board information, and maybe even the refrigerator at home haven’t become a stage for publicizing his veneration on the “Hott Cops” blog. (Scroll down 20 screens using page down, looking for “this week’s officers,” or use the “find” function in your browser.) Amazing what a short, unplanned and, ironically, unwanted stint on “COPS” can do.
At least the last name’s spelled correctly, but the selection of one to the photo array of “Hott Cops” becomes a bit questionable when an officer is seemingly selected from each and every episode of “COPS,” “K9 Cops,” “Street Patrol,” and nearly every episode of any police reality show. If that’s not enough, I’m sure the “Hott Cops” blog writer doesn’t have a high-definition television and missed my bro’s unibrow.
Note: In the interest of balanced coverage, the TLC channel now offers the 10-part documentary “Policewomen of Broward County,” premiering this Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009. Set the Tivo or check your local listings.