The recent misfortunes of U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and his Twitter account are hardly the first time a public figure has had to explain away a potentially embarrassing situation. But it does represent a relatively recent phenomenon: activities involving the use of technology that would leave our elders wondering where they went wrong. And asking what a DVR is.
Pulling A Weiner – Using your Twitter account (or allowing a hacker) to send out a digital photo of your legislative package. See also: Favre-ing
Going Lohan – Texting in court after being caught “borrowing” items you could have paid for with the millions you earn each year. Related: Going Winona
The Full Britney – Stepping out of a limousine in a short skirt, in front of a phalanx of photographers, with no cover page for your legislative package.
Texting While Tiger – Trashing a world class career by cheating on your wife with multiple women and leaving a digital trail as long as the fairways on the back nine at Pebble Beach.
Being Balloon Boy – Pretending to accidentally launch your 6-year-old son into the atmosphere in a balloon, just to get on TV.
Setting Foot in Rex-Ville – Completely distracting your NFL team’s focus when videos pop up on the web showing you calling a blitz against a woman’s foot.
Lights! Camera! Kendra! (And Kim, Pamela, Paris, etc.) – Starring in a sex tape and later being shocked when it surfaces on the Internet.