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Sep 1

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Sep 1

Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie: “Well May the World Go”

Pete and Arlo Guthrie live concert circa 1984.

Sep 1
Sep 1

Fox Photoshoot
Fox Photoshoot

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Sep 1

New York-based photographer Richard Silver captures how buildings and monuments change in appearance from day to night. Instead of exploring this in several images, however, he shows the progression in a single photograph. Silver’s ongoing series is titled Time Slice. 
via My Modern Metropolis

New York-based photographer Richard Silver captures how buildings and monuments change in appearance from day to night. Instead of exploring this in several images, however, he shows the progression in a single photograph. Silver’s ongoing series is titled Time Slice. 

via My Modern Metropolis

Sep 1

Cynicism is a bad choice. Hope is a better choice.

- President Barack Obama, 9.1.2014

Sep 1

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Sep 1

Say hello to men who hate the NSA but love invading the lives of women

Over the weekend someone released hundreds of revealing photos of celebrities that appear to have been stolen from private storage. In response to this, a bunch of anonymous guys on the internet copied them and posted them all over the town square, because the internet is written in ink and if you are ever a victim once in your life the internet will remind you of it forever.

These men are the detritus of human society for whom the internet provides a warm blanket, so let’s remove the warm blanket for a minute.

It’s still not clear how the private photos were obtained, but there’s a good chance the victims were hacked — it’s happened before. The last time, a man named Christopher Chaney illegally accessed more than 50 email accounts to steal nude photos and was later rewarded with 10 years in prison. Now, the hunt is on for the latest perpetrator. One theory pegs at least one user of AnonIB for the hack, and 4chan thinks it has already identified the guy who did it. While that’s going on, people are looking for other things to blame, like iCloud and victims that didn’t use better passwords. In any event, there’s a small group of one or more people responsible for this heinous intrusion. But they’re not the only ones responsible for it.

Take the members of Reddit, for example. If you’re not familiar with Reddit, this is the best way I know how to describe it: it’s an “anything goes” online message board where the loudest voices belong to misogynistic trolls who value anonymity over decency. In reality, “anything goes” is a bit of hyperbole, since the site does have two major rules: no child porn, and no posting “personal information.” And because Reddit is a special place, its ban on posting personal information will protect you unless you happen to be an attractive woman that lots of people want to see naked.

At ground zero of Reddit’s celebrity nude leak, where, as you are reading this, an orgy of men are sharing and ogling and re-sharing and re-ogling, lies this placard:

DO NOT POST ANY INFORMATION, TRUE OR FALSE, ABOUT THE IDENTITY OF THE PERSON(S) LEAKING THESE PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEOS. IF YOU DO THAT YOU WILL BE BANNED FROM THIS SUBREDDIT.

If the hypocrisy of this dim herd is not bare enough for you, consider this: these people want to protect someone who stole and exposed the private nude photos of women because logically their actions are roughly equivalent to someone who leaks state secrets like illegal mass spying on American citizens.

Fortunately, the internet is written in ink. Here are some of those men:

Larry Wachs is a creator and host of an Atlanta talk radio show called “The Regular Guys,” which, according to Wikipedia, has a target demographic of men aged 25 to 49. He’s been fired by Clear Channel Communications more than once. He apparently doesn’t like it when the NSA spies on Americans illegally, especially since Barack Obama is president. Surely he would be horrified to learn that private citizens are being violated in a crass public manner!

Oh, nope. Larry thinks it’s the victim’s fault.

Larry thinks Jennifer Lawrence is dumb. Larry advises Jennifer Lawrence not to step on power lines.

Twitter user “Zaiger” has issues with women. He doesn’t like that feminists are attacking the games industry for being sexist. “You light one bitch on fire and everybody freaks out,” he once tweeted. Zaiger is so concerned with privacy that he puts electrical tape over his webcam so the government can’t see him.

But Zaiger doesn’t mind looking through other people’s cameras and pleasing himself at their expense.

If America has an embarrassment of riches, it is from the endless wealth of talk radio wisdom. Steve Yuhas, another talking head, has strong opinions on privacy. He thinks we need to ɢᴇᴛ ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴏʟ of the government because the NSA is spying on citizens. Surely he will sympathize with the victims of a severe privacy breach!

Steve doesn’t think it’s a big deal, the victim is obviously enjoying the fact that her private nude photos are on the internet.

Sean Bartley is a music producer and self-described “big booty enthusiast.” He doesn’t have much to say on Twitter about the NSA, but he definitely supports women. Sean appears to be against the idea that society would leverage the legislative and judicial systems to impose religious beliefs on women’s bodies…

… but blames women when someone commits crimes against their bodies.

That’s just a sample — you, reader, are familiar with the vile and lecherous tendencies of the internet by now. Except blaming “the internet” is a dumb way of talking about what happened yesterday. “The internet” is just a series of tubes, connecting us to miserable assholes from around the world. In the coming days we’ll find out who leaked the photos and which room of the house they did it in and which weapon they used, but those details are just a different kind of pornography for people who would rather know the caliber of a mass shooter’s guns instead of the names of his victims.

The perpetrator of this crime will probably one day be unmasked, vilified by the decent and heroized by jerks, and then fall into oblivion the moment they’re shipped to prison. (Remember Christopher Chaney? Exactly.) But just like the photos themselves, the jerks who inflamed this spectacle, the ones who shared the photos and poked the victims publicly, will still be around.

Let them know the internet is written in ink. Let their horrible ideas be preserved and ridiculed publicly. It’s their own fault.

Sep 1

This is why you shouldn't click on the naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence

In what’s being called the biggest celebrity hacking incident in internet history, more than 100 female celebrities have had their private nude images stolen and published online. The bulk of the images posted have been officially confirmed as belonging to Jennifer Lawrence, but a complete list of victims’ names - including Krysten Ritter, Kate Upton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rihanna, Brie Larson and Kirsten Dunst - has been subsequently published. (Link does not contain pictures, only names.)

The images were first uploaded by an anonymous member of the underground internet sewer known as 4chan and have since been enthusiastically shared across platforms like Reddit and Twitter. A representative for Lawrence has confirmed the images are real, condemning the theft of them as a “flagrant violation of privacy” and adding that “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos.”

There are a few different issues that a criminal act like this brings up, but before I get into them it’s necessary to make one thing clear: If you deliberately seek out any of these images, you are directly participating in the violation not just of numerous women’s privacy but also of their bodies. These images - which I have not seen and which I will not look for - are intimate, private moments belonging only to the people who appear in them and who they have invited to see them. To have those moments stolen and broadcast to the world is an egregious act of psychic violence which constitutes a form of assault.

The people sharing these images are perpetuating an ongoing assault. The people gleefully looking at them are witnessing and enjoying an ongoing assault. When you have been asked by victims of a crime like this not to exacerbate the pain of that crime and you continue to do so anyway, you are consciously deciding that your enjoyment, your rights and perhaps even just your curiosity are more important than the safety and dignity of the people you’re exploiting.

That out of the way, let’s get a few other things straight.

1. This is not a ‘scandal’

It’s a crime, and we should be discussing it as such. Some media outlets are salaciously reporting it otherwise, as if the illegal violation of privacy involving intimate images is little more than subject for gossip. When associated with sex, the word ‘scandal’ has been typically interpreted as something that assigns responsibility to all parties involved, a consensual act unfortunately discovered and for which everyone owes an explanation or apology. Remember when private nude photos of Vanessa Hudgens (whose name also appears on the list of victims) were leaked online and Disney forced her to publicly apologise for her “lapse in judgment” and hoped she had “learned a valuable lesson”? Never mind that Hudgens was an adult and a victim of privacy violation - the ‘scandal’ was painted as something for which she owed her fans an apology. Which leads us to:

2. These women do not ‘only have themselves to blame’

While depressing, it’s sadly unsurprising to see some people arguing that Lawrence et al brought this on themselves. Part of living in a rape culture is the ongoing expectation that women are responsible for protecting themselves from abuse, and that means avoiding behaviour which might be later ‘exploited’ by the people who are conveniently never held to account for their actions. But women are entitled to consensually engage in their sexuality any way they see fit. If that involves taking nude self portraits for the enjoyment of themselves or consciously selected others, that’s their prerogative.

Victims of crime do not have an obligation to accept dual responsibility for that crime. Women who take nude photographs of themselves are not committing a criminal act, and they shouldn’t ‘expect’ to become victims to one, as actress Mary E. Winstead pointed out on Twitter. 

Sending a photograph of your breasts to one person isn’t consenting to having the whole world see those breasts, just as consenting to sex with one person isn’t the same as giving permission for everyone else to fu*k you. Victim blaming isn’t okay, even if it does give you a private thrill to humiliate the female victims of sexual exploitation.

3. It doesn’t matter that ‘damn, she looks good and should own it!’

Stealing and sharing the private photographs of women doesn’t become less of a crime just because you approve them for fapping activity. I’m sure many of the women on this list are confident of their sexual attractiveness. It doesn’t mean they don’t value their privacy or shouldn’t expect to enjoy the same rights to it as everyone else. It also doesn’t mean they want strangers sweating over their images. That line of thinking comes from the same school which instructs women to either ignore of welcome sexual harassment when it’s seemingly ‘positive’ in its sentiments.

None of these women are likely to give a shit that you think their bodies are ‘tight, damn’. Despite what society reinforces to us about the public ownership of women’s bodies, we are not entitled to co-opt and objectify them just because we think we can defend it as a compliment.

I will not be seeking out these images out and I urge everyone else to avoid doing the same. I hope that all the women who have been victimised here are being appropriately supported by the authorities and their network of friends. And I hope sincerely that more people take a stand against this kind of behaviour.

Because this incident aside, it strikes me as deeply ironic that we will vehemently protest a free Facebook messenger app because we’re outraged at reports that it can access our phone’s numbers, and yet turn around and excuse the serving up of women’s bodies for our own pleasure. Our appreciation is no less disgusting just because it’s accompanied by the sound of one hand clapping.

Sep 1

Bruce Springsteen - Shackled and Drawn - London 2012 HD

Shackled and Drawn, performed by Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band at the Hard Rock Calling festival in 2012.