And I thought my brother was bad.
One time, when the rest of our family was on vacation in the
Poconos, he threw a party.
You know how we knew?
There were empty beer cans in the hamper.
Now the way I see it, if you can make it out of school with no
unwanted children, sexually transmitted diseases, unhealthy
addictions, or serious run-ins with the law, you're doing okay.
Kids are going to be kids, and it's perfectly normal for them to
raise some hell every now and again by doing the same stuff you did
when you were their age.
But -- my brother's misadventure aside -- those same kids should
have the decency and common sense to at least try to hide their
My mother thought I was an angel. But I was just adamant about
vacuuming and taking the trash out.
So let's talk about the 300 or so teenagers who broke into and
trashed retired NFL star Brian Holloway's upstate NY home while he
was in Florida, causing over $20,000 in damage.
I'm not condoning this type of activity; there's a big, big
difference between having a house party while your parents are off
sipping cocktails in Bora Bora and destroying someone's personal
But at the end of the day, kids are going to do some dumb things,
and sometimes things will get out of hand. It's just the reality of
The big difference, however, is that this pack of youngsters
decided it would be a good idea to document the madness and show it
With the rise of social media outlets like Twitter,
), and Instagram, our culture is developing an increasing obsession
with documenting every last thing for everyone else to see,
support, and envy.
And at some types of events -- like concerts -- documentation
becomes the event. The actual real-world experience becomes
By the way, once again, I want to send thanks to
and all the other people who are fighting this trend.
So why did these kids show off their destruction of Holloway's
Because attention is the ultimate currency.
In the fraction of a second it takes to shoot a picture, you can
show the entire world how cool and crazy you are.
The risk of getting caught for doing something very illegal is well
worth the reward of the retweet.
And that's a big problem in today's Big Brother environment where
everything will go down on your permanent record.
It does appear that the folks in this crew will get their
Holloway has posted pictures and tweets from the ill-fated party on
, and names are now being turned over to the local sheriff's
NY Daily News
is reporting that the parents of these kids, instead of offering to
pay for repairs and begging Holloway not to press charges, are
threatening him with lawsuits.
And why not?
Parents routinely protect misbehaving kids. Everyone's seen it.
But in this case, getting caught wasn't a matter of bad luck or
some random stupidity -- it was half intentional.
The new age of narcissism
is taking new turns, and it's disturbing.