I coined a word while submitting a panel idea for SXSW 2010

Casting Crib Cutesploitation – Using Your Kids As Content.

What every parent should consider before uploading their offspring.
They are adorable little miracles that should be shared with the world. And who isn’t delighted by the youtube’d laughter of a child? (Or a drugged up kid after dentist.)
But when does a bathtime video cross the line into “need for future therapy?” Or worse yet, a felony sex offense?
Parents will address the costs/benefits of their decision process and the personal/public lines they’ve drawn in the sandbox.

I realized that – while I was so enjoying recording and sharing my nephew on – there are ethical issues I should get clear on.

4 thoughts on “Cutesploitation”

  1. Oh he is too cute, and named after your Grandfather, what a tribute. I can see he will be a remarkable adult. Thank you for sharing him with us. Have fun at Burning Man. Love and light Beverley, UK

  2. Can we talk about waiting until you have kids to exploit them? And if they’re not your kids, what about how the parents feel about someone posting pictures and videos and “cutesplotating” their child? Should they be compensated financially?

    Of course, at least now you’re admiting that you’re exploiting your nephews for attention. I think this is a big step for you.

  3. @Derek – Glad you think it is a worthy topic. Sorry you see my relationship with my nephews that way.

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