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  • corilinville 9:59 pm on September 29, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: scandal   

    How inappropriate is too inappropriate? 

    In the second half of Simon’s reading she talks about removing inappropriate content from museum exhibitions and how some are even automatically replacing curse words with words like “love” and “puppies” (which is really cute and smart, I think). Anyway, I looked on Postsecret this morning to see a picture of this-

    and some very angry comments followed.
    like this one-
    STOP putting naked pictures on the blog! I don’t care if it’s an actual postcard! Some of us are referring young people to this blog to HELP them – not scar them more with an abrupt naked picture.

    but then you have nice rational people-
    what does it say about us that this realistic (and i think beautiful) picture of a female body part could “scar” us?

    (someone even tweeted!)
    The honesty and controversy in your project has always impassioned me. But there is a line. And you crossed that line today.

    I just found it quite ironic because in Simon’s book she uses Postsecret as a source of appropriate content and now this is going on in this website over a naked picture. (She talks about it on page 224 of the book if you want to look at it)

    I would (and still can) bring this up in class but the pictures on PS change on sunday at midnight so it will be gone by the time we have class.


    so if I were to ask a question it would be- do you think a line was crossed with this picture? I follow postsecret and they have pictures and secrets that are somewhat controversial so I don’t see a problem with it, though I don’t know if I have ever seen an actual vagina before on postsecret. But I would like to know if anyone feels differently about this.

    • sdaugherty28 12:00 am on September 30, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for posting this controversy. It is so interesting!

      I am not offended by the photograph at all. I think it was posted tastefully. Who is to decide which secrets are appropriate? This reminds me of the facebook censorship article I posted a few weeks ago. I’m sure you can find images a lot more offensive than this on the internet…

      I’m going to start following the postsecret blog!

    • haljust 12:58 am on September 30, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Well I find no problem with the picture at all. It goes perfectly along with the secret itself. I’ve seen a lot more offensive stuff on television. Why is it perfectly fine to show a picture of breasts with the nipple hidden but it crosses the line when the nipple is shown? This is the same with this. Nothing is actually being shown. Also while looking at the blog, I just saw a picture of a male with most of his body being shown.
      Link Here:

      How is this not just as offensive as the picture Cori showed? And it doesn’t get as much feedback as the other picture. What is the difference?

    • ajwhipker 1:29 am on September 30, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yea…that is definitely not a vagina it is the public area and hair…which pretty much everyone gets. We have to grow up sometime, and part of that is viewing human anatomy. Americans are just over sensitive to ‘private matters’, whether it be about sex, body parts or body functions…Thank you puritans.

      And if a guardian is SO concerned about what their child sees on the internet, they should be monitoring them!

    • ktkeckeisen 1:07 am on October 4, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This reminds me of a story my supervisor told me about this summer. She said that she had a postcard of Michelangelo’s “David” tacked to her cubicle wall along with other pictures of art she liked. One of her coworkers complained to the HR department about the “pornography” that my supervisor had on her wall and how the naked male form of the David was incredibly unsettling.

      Personally, I consider postsecret and the postings and form of art. It may not be the David but it is still a form of expression and art and nudity has always been a part of art. In my opinion, there is a very big and distinct line between what is nudity and what is pornography.

  • chrislarry 6:34 pm on September 29, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: events, Hive   

    Here is a blog post about my job’s (Hive Learning Network) involvement in a super cool FREE event in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the Bring To Light festival. Five square blocks of projection light artists projecting on city landscapes, see blog for event details.


  • chrislarry 6:05 pm on September 29, 2011 Permalink

    Badges Week 2 

    Pam has earned the Aggregator! Badge
    Valerie has earned the Aggregator! Badge
    Kelsey has earned the Aggregator! Badge
    Anna has earned the Aggregator! Badge

    Stephanie has earned the Intellectual Social Butterfly badge

    I will post the “Trendings” soon as well.

  • ajwhipker 1:36 am on September 29, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: issues   

    For work today I was researching ridiculous religious fanatics of sorts (sorry if you are one). I started talking about the creation museum, who has become “disney-fied” (a term used in the Brooklyn museum reading) through their plans to create a THEME PARK. I’m sure you have heard about it but check out their websites, its an interesting tale of a for-profit museum who is taking things to the next level.



    • haljust 4:30 am on September 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I actually remember seeing this in the movie Religilous. I was slightly appalled that they would even build something like this. I understand that some people take the Bible seriously, but with all the literature out there that pretty much insists that the world is a lot older than the bible claims it is teaching children the wrong thing. In the movie, they actually portray people alongside dinosaurs. Do you really wants children to go through life believing something that is historically wrong? But I guess I shouldn’t really judge, I just know that I would never pay to visit a Museum like this.

      PS. I hope not offend anyone with my comments….I just have a very strong opinion on religion.

    • ajwhipker 3:27 pm on September 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I need to see that! I totally agree with you…I might actually go see the museum just for shock value, its about 1.5 hours from my hometown. I know I would be in disbelief the entire time and leave the place really pissed off but it would be interesting none the less!

    • lleamuseum 11:33 pm on September 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I checked out their web site. WOW. As you scroll through their pages you can see the Disney affect taking shape. There is even a side panel that looks like their “star gazer” portion with an image that looks like Tinkerbelle. While I don’t share their ideal or beliefs there are definitely family friendly with changing stations in both bathrooms and a separate nursing room. With more dads staying home or sharing more in parenting roles I wonder how many other museums have that?

    • ajwhipker 1:16 am on September 30, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      no I really don’t want to give them my money, maybe I can sneak in hahah! SinceI work in the religious field and have an interest in it anthropologically I basically want to see it for the sake of seeing it; to be shocked and appalled. Plus I just love to watch crazy people in their zone. I also feel like in order to bad mouth it in a morally acceptable way, I should at least see it

    • chrislarry 3:10 am on October 1, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I would caution us all to discuss religion with respect. I don’t think anyone has crossed any lines, and I would loathe to censor but just a note of caution. However I would like to say that I do find the Creation museum troubling in many ways. In June they were green lighted to receive public funds to create the them park expansion that Abby describes. Should tax payers money underwrite this?


    • ktkeckeisen 1:12 am on October 4, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Although-as an trained anthropologist-I don’t agree with the creationists, I respect their point of view and conviction. However, museums are one of the most trusted sources of information in our society. So when a place has the title of ‘museum’ tacked onto it, people will most likely believe the information their given within the institution. So it makes me a bit nervous that this place is being called a ‘museum.’

  • ajwhipker 1:25 am on September 29, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: modern art   

    While I am not totally turned off by modern art, if I had to choose 3 types of museums to visit it wouldn’t make the cut. So going to the Pace Gallery was an interesting experience for me. I did find this sort of modern art more related to my own life, seeing as I am a frequent user of social media. Beauty wise my favorite installation was Penelope Umbrico’s Flickr sunset portraits and creativity wise was her piece of tv reflection photos. This was so random and something I would have never thought about giving incite into a social media-user’s home and lifestyle. I also really enjoyed the fake apps- I am not really a user of apps (it seems like people rely on them to do EVERYTHING) but those were just hilarious, especially the ap that allowed you to cover indecent people

    • sdaugherty28 11:39 pm on September 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I would have never thought to look at reflections on pictures of tv screens on craig’s list! That was so creative and really memorable. The Flickr sunset portraits was beautiful!

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