Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.

As we observe the 15th anniversary of the attacks on Manhattan’s Twin Towers, I don’t remember a year in which there were so many marks of disrespect.

The perfect place for a selfie with a blow-up doll? Perhaps not.

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This week, there was already the Coca-Cola Walmart twin promotion, featuring cans of Coke products piled up to mimic the Twin Towers — all in the service of a $3.33 special offer.

Then there was the mattress store that released an ad that enjoyed piles of mattresses collapsing, all to market a special twin-price offer.

Now reports are emerging of a group of men taking selfies with a blow-up doll at Ground Zero.

Pictures show the men in T-shirts and shorts, posing away in an attempt to look admirable.

One holds the doll as if she’s his girlfriend. She, on the other hand, sports an expression that says: “Please get me out of here.”

The Daily Mail suggested that the men claimed they were from London and were enjoying a bachelor party. It also offered intimations that some of them work on Wall Street.

Somehow, when technology meets history, it’s always the selfie that’s the winner.

It started long ago with the fad for selfies at funerals. Soon, whichever piece of history people witnessed, the most important thing was to take a selfie there. Auschwitz? Why not?

Why, two women turned up at Rome’s Colosseum and needed to carve their initials into the walls to make their selfie more original.

It doesn’t stop at selfies, of course. Now that there’s Pokemon Go, people insist on playing it at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

The alleged revelers at Ground Zero were, said the Mail, were moved on by a police officer. The NYPD didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

How easy it is to forget. How easily technology allows us to believe that the moment — and our selves — are all that matter.

Perhaps one day humans will look back and see the things they photographed and muse: “Look at who I was. A complete nincompoop.”


Men allegedly pose for selfies at Ground Zero with sex doll – CNET