Cops Can Make You Stop Doing A Lot Of Things. But Not This.

It's stressful having your picture taken. Just ask a celebrity.

Oh look, here's one now! (That's Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the left.)

Now lots of people are photographing cops, too.

Kind of like paparazzi looking for celebrities to do something "embarrassing," many people take pictures of the police in order to have a record if there are any wrong-doings going on or in case there are any disputes about an incident later.



So I'm not surprised cops might get nervous about people taking photos or videos of them. Especially since so many people are carrying phones that can do both.

Cameras can help us catch bad behavior.

Like this litterbug...

...or the death of Eric Garner at the hands of police officers.

Just because there are plenty of good cops doesn't mean we can't insist on accountability for all.

Making sure only good cops are policing our communities is our constitutional right.

It falls under that whole First Amendment freedom-of-speech thing.

You can take any pictures you want when you're in a public space. (But don't be a creep — that's just manners.)

Some might even say it's our duty.

It's like every time you record police activity, Ben Franklin is by your side.

And so is the ACLU. So don't let anyone intimidate you just because they have a badge — you're doing the hard work of increasing accountability and protecting democracy.

To help you remember all this, the actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt teamed up with some musicians and the ACLU to recap all of the above in a song.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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