January 18, 2012
hmm. I want to think really hard about what this means because it is one of those huge issues that is not gonna go away anytime soon.
I think that the responsibility of being involved with the internet is multifaceted. There are people who use images illegally (meaning without permission and for their independent benefit) and there are people who use those images to convey feelings and emotions that could otherwise not be accuratley represented. For example Tumblr... I know that PIPA is especially interested in this web based media expansion. I also know that censorship has been something that has been fought about time and time again. We as an internet using community need to understand how people are affected by their own art being publicized and transferred.
Are people who expose themselves publicly via the web entitiled to any sort of privacy given the setting in which they chose to display their work?
The problem with censoring these types of avenues is that it makes them dissapear. We as a community do not want that. We want the freedom to share this information with anyone and everyone who may be interested. Personally I am always flattered when taken to mean something to someone else. However, when a business and the market you are involved in come into play it gets tricky. With the images we chose to share it is smart to think about the system for what it is.
When using the internet one must think about how many access points there are when sharing any information. Not all of us are internet gurus. Not all have ways of hiding what we want to be hidden once information is shared on the internet. When using a media server such a facebook, tumblr, or myspace there is a certain waiver you are porbably asked to look at and exists somewhere and may even be accesible to you.
I would love to hear about people claiming responsibility for, and recognizing the risk it takes in order to be part of the online community instead of hatred towards the media in which we all thrive.