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Youtube artist arrested for child porn for "funny video" (involving no nudity)

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posted on Mar, 14 2011 @ 05:02 PM
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Unfortunately, regulation of artistic content HAS been enforced in several societies. For one, Pharaonic Egypt. There was a single "approved" style. This style lasted, with only minor changes, for hundreds of years. Now we can look back at Egyptian artifacts and painting and be impressed by it... but can you imagine living in such an artistically stagnant environment? Where the art stays identicaal for you, and your great-great-great-great-great grandshildren?

A more modern example? the USSR and yes, Nazi Germany. Both of these nations only allowed "approved" art to be made. Only "good" painting, sculpture, song, and poetry was allowed, with the standards set by dictators. Those who broke the bold tended to die, if they didn't make it out to freer climes beforehand. Neither nation, for every other impact they made on history and the modern world, contributed a damned thing to the advancement of arts or culture.

Just because it's Plato, doesn't mean that it's right.

So what standards, if any should we hold? My way of thinking is simple; was anyone harmed, without their consent, as an integral part of making the art? if not, then there's nothing wrong with it.




posted on Mar, 15 2011 @ 12:49 AM
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Originally posted by TheWalkingFox
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My way of thinking is simple; was anyone harmed, without their consent, as an integral part of making the art? if not, then there's nothing wrong with it.


What about potential harm coming as an after-effect of the piece?

There is so much to consider here....my main concern still remains on the lack of informed consent on the part of the parents of the children involved.

(The Plato reference I cited is really more of a self-governance perspective of a personal nature...I don't think it should be a mandated effort to censor free-expression by any means, but more of a "guideline" for independent aspiring artists to consider when working with their medium.)

I've created works over the years I needed for personal catharsis....but I would never release certain images/ideas into public domain for personal reasons - and I certainly wouldn't allow for others to be involved in such endeavors without an honest contractual release (verbal/written) about how their images/likenesses would be employed.

It's a complicated matter, no doubt...but it all boils down to personal responsibility and accountability.

On the bright side, the young man in question has owned up to his misgivings and apologized to all involved in his mis-step....I honestly don't think he meant to do any harm, just got caught up in his personal endeavor.

Live and learn.



posted on Mar, 21 2011 @ 08:04 PM
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When I used to do photography I had to get a permision slip to use anyone who's face was shown on my film it was against the law not to tell them what it was to be used for and have them sign.
I guess those of you with little children would not be offended to find online a vidio with your child looking inocently at a guy facing them with lyrics and movements like that. people who saw it would think you were horrible parents at the least.



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