07 September 2014

The Fappening

I'm with Bob Lefsetz on this:
Maybe I grew up in the dark ages, when you had to go to the porn shop to buy European magazines to see naked ladies, when it was a breakthrough when “Penthouse” printed pictures of women below the waist. But despite being aged, a veritable antique, I’m fully aware that if you don’t want anybody to know anything, don’t put it on the Internet! 
No, let me restate that. If you’re going to do anything illicit, do it alone, in the bathroom, in the dark. 
Is it any wonder the public is interested in nude photos of celebrities? Isn’t that what they’re selling? There aren’t that many unattractive actors and actresses in America. No, you won the gene derby, you worked on your craft and you made it. Congratulations! But do you have to be so dumb?
Exactly.  I don't see any reason to be outraged over this incident.  I'm of the opinion that intellectual property is a nonsensical belief system and does not actually exist; therefore, IP cannot be "stolen" per se, only copied.  So what happened wasn't theft, and was not unlawful, at least in the more metaphysical sense (though it was undoubtedly illegal per the law currently on the books).

I'm not entirely sure I feel comfortable saying it was an intrinsically immoral act either.  More precisely, I don't feel comfortable blaming just the distributor of the photos for contributing to social degeneracy.  Sure, distributing pornographic content is immoral, but so is generating the content that's getting distributed.  Internet porn sites are in the same moral boat as porn stars, and thus it would stand to reason that Jennifer Lawrence, Hope Solo, etc. are as complicit in the spread of licentious imagery as the anonymous "liberator" of their selfies.  Or, to put it another way, I don't feel comfortable with condemning a random 4chan user without also vociferously condemning the exposed celebrities since you can't really have the one without the other.

What I do feel comfortable saying, though, is that the cloud is completely unreliable for security, especially if it's Apple.  People can lament privacy breaches day and night if they want, but internet privacy is an oxymoron.  Whatever you put on the internet is up for grabs and is already known by the US federal government and Google, probably Facebook, and dozens more entities besides.  If you don't want someone to know something about you, never ever put it on any sort of web page or site.

In like manner, the easiest way to avoid leaked nude pics is to never take/have them in the first place (TSA body scanners notwithstanding).  You can't get an STD if you don't have sex, generally speaking, and you can't get nude pics hacked if you don't have nude pics.  This isn't all that complicated.

Incidentally, it seems a little strange that rich, attractive female celebrities are being treated as victims when a) they make their money by selling their sexuality to some degree (e.g. would Hope Solo be famous if she looked more like an overweight lesbo?  Would Lawrence be a big movie star if she was disfigured?) and b) they clearly have no problems with nude pictures of themselves.  Complaining that you are no longer able to control who sees your pictures seems like a quintessential first-world problem to me.

Perhaps would should worry about more important things, like the impending financial collapse...