William E. Irwin Gertrude Three Finger, Cheyenne, Oklahoma c.1893
Androgynous Nude in the Shower
By Ismail Lagardien
There was a breach of security in the ‘cloud’ recently, which exposed naked or semi-naked pictures of celebrities. I am not sure about the finer details. I am not sanctimonious, but I really have no interest in the naked forms of celebrities….
Three things stood out from the breach and the brouhaha that surrounds it. The first is the prominence and value that is given to celebrity, when women and men who are less famous or popular are violated somatically and in very many other ways almost daily, but it is rarely a ‘crisis’. Put another way, why does it take the ‘exposure’ of famous people’s bodies, to draw our attention to privacy? The second issue has to do with ‘the cloud’. My immediate response to ‘the cloud’ is that it is just another way for companies to make money. Whereas for many of us, our data is safe on our computers – that’s why we buy large disc space – a market has been created for cloud storage. Let’s be clear, here; there is a need for keeping personal information safe, and offsite hosting is a good idea. However, a market has been created – markets do not rise spontaneously – and is promoted through fear (of a loss of information) and a siege mentality (that someone wants to eat your babies). Soon we may be forced to buy personal computers with minimal space, and be forced, as it were, to buy cloudspace. The third issue is the general habit of making pictures of people who are naked, or semi-naked – whatever that may mean. Are we not all semi-naked? The issue I want to raise is one of trust – or ethics. Let me explain.