I was curious to see how many of you out there think you have a good boundary or definition of what art is socially acceptable and what art is not. There seems to be an ongoing debate regarding what is ok and not within the world of digital media. More in particular, with Facebook. You see Facebook will not let you post images of breastfeeding, which may or may not be considered art, just as well as pornography. This has caused some diverse feelings about it all and I thought would be a good topic to bring up in here.
So what do you think? Is this a valid argument for Facebook or not? They have gone public with announcing their support for Gay rights (which I am not saying is wrong), so I am curious then why they would feel so strongly to silence an oppressed population. Or do you think it could be considered pornography so they have to be more cautious. One of the strong arguments against Facebook is that why will they not support public breastfeeding but they will allow all kinds of other graphic stories or animal attacks or even murder and not blink an eye.
I don’t really know where to take this certain post because I am extremely openminded and understand both sides of the argument as sometimes you have to follow government regulations or for whatever reason, Facebook is doing what they think is in the best interest of their business. What I would like to close this out with is a few different questions relating to the interpretation of art. Take for instance nudity. If someone drew a naked model in art class, no one would be upset with that. However, if someone were to post that image publicly it is immediately considered porn. Statue of David is a wonderful work of art. In fact one of the absolute finest. Most would agree that this is not porn even if posted publicly. It can be almost impossible to decipher the code as to what is acceptable and what is not. One thing is for sure, it is our responsibility to find out if we are to become a memorable digital artist pushing the bounds of society’s law. This is really hard to do since we cannot really even define what porn is. If you are feeling brave enough to take this discussion somewhere, please feel free to do so. I would be happy to read your opinions and comments.