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Initial Thoughts on the “Fappening” and its Immediate Aftermath

On Aug 31, 2014- one or more individuals leaked a couple hundred selfies and a few video clips of many young female celebrities (mostly actress and models) on 4chan/b. This event, now known as the “Fappening” has attracted a lot of mainstream media attention along with calls by so-called “respectable” journalists (aka famous and semi-famous presstitutes) to regulate the “dark” and “scary” corners of the interwebs (Link 1, Link 2, Link 3, Link 4 among many others). It is especially telling that many of these impeccably credentialed morons initially believed that 4chan was either an individual, hacker or file-sharing network. I cannot help but notice that these media attacks on 4chan and even a tame meta-BB like reddit come in the wake of recent attempts to demonize male gamers (Link 5, Link 6 and Link 7)

Anyway.. the same “credentialed” morons who have never spent more than a few minutes on 4chan or specialist sub-reddits, let alone on warez forums, feel confident enough to tell us how to respond to these developments. Their articles also seem to indicate that they do not understand human behavior or simple choose to ignore it. They also appear to be rather technology-illiterate and have little to no grasp of human ingenuity (Link 8 , Link 9 and Link 10)

Having said that, here are my initial thoughts on the “fappening”.

# 1 These leaks were not the work of a single individual or the result of one class of exploits.

While most of the photos were downloaded from iCloud accounts (and were also taken with iPhones), a few photos appear to be taken with non-apple devices. This is not surprising as some of us have been aware of the existence of loose groups of individuals who devote their spare time to perusing the contents of online cloud accounts of other people, especially pretty girls. This scenario appears especially likely given the long time line of some picture series. My point is that there is no one person or close group of person behind the release of those pictures. Moreover, it is likely that some of the software they are using was originally written for the “law and order” industry. Now re-read that sentence in the light of the Snowden’s revelations and the official response to his leaks.

# 2 These leaks have shown that “cloud” based data storage is inherently less secure than local storage.

For the last few years, companies like Google and Amazon to Apple, have been trying to sell us on the idea of “cloud” based data storage. They have made many claims about cloud storage is superior to local storage. Well.. it turns out that uploading data to the cloud is easy but keeping it secure (and easy to access) is not. The celebrity leak of 2014 has vividly illustrated that problem with the photos of many famous faces, breasts, asses, vaginas and a few penises. We now know what Kate Upton’s pussy lips and asshole look like. We also know how Jennifer Lawrence’s pussy and Bar Refaeli’s asshole looks like or how Krysten Ritter styles her pubes. The average person may not understand the technology behind cloud computing, but he or she can now clearly see that it is not secure- despite weasel worded corporate assurances to the contrary.

# 3 Large entities from previous eras (governments, corporations, professional organisations) are powerless to control the flow of information OR narrative.

Many of the first albums containing all those leaked pictures were hosted on imgur, which removed them within a few hours. Some main-stream media idiots thought that this would contain the damage and information leak. As it turns out.. it did not. Not only are people reloading the original or slightly altered pictures (with different names) back onto imgur, but many of the better photos have since found their way onto popular tumblr sites, public folders of Dropbox accounts or Dropbox-like services, multiple bulletin board and self-hosted blogs. This is in addition to the millions who have downloaded the best ones onto their computers and will eventually mail them (or their slightly altered versions) to friends. I should also point out that the internet (and many corporations that provide services) are no longer under the direct or indirect control of american laws or influence.

# 4 These leaks have shown that the cognitive dissonance of feminists, leftists, white-knights and manginas (LIEbrals) are of the same magnitude as bible-thumping hypocrites and capitalism-shilling CONservatives.

I have, on numerous occasions in the past, said that LIEbrals are not that different from CONservatives in that both base their actions on mental models of the world that have little to no connection with reality. The sheer number of posts by LIEbrals passionately defending the right to privacy of women who make millions of dollars per year based on teasing large audiences with their sexuality is downright bizarre, especially when you compare it to their supposedly “nuanced” stands on far more pressing issues that affect many tens of millions more- such as such as mass incarceration and severe economic inequality. While CONservatives are marginally worse in that regard, LIEbrals are not much better.

Will write more on this issue soon, hopefully after I finish a long-delayed post on the events in Ferguson.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. P Ray
    September 3, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    It’s funny how the view of the asshole and pussy is so jealously guarded, but they move from relationship to relationship (with requisite use of the 2 orifices).
    But of course, “they’re all good girls”.
    Shout out to Mckayla Maroney “I was underaged” … uh … but why’d you take those pictures in the first place? That question doesn’t get answered …

  2. Steve
    September 4, 2014 at 1:39 am

    What’s funny about all this is that other than the fact that they’re celebrities their bodies aren’t all that special. Jennifer Lawrence, for example, while having a rocking body isn’t so different from the hordes of pornography stars and strippers available at our whim. The only thing that makes these photos “special” is that they’re of famous women who didn’t want the whole world to see them nude (without just reward, of course!)

  3. September 4, 2014 at 8:04 am

    In the future, everyone will be a porn star for 15 minutes, and then a lifetime.

  4. September 4, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    surprised that you did not connect the dots to Napster–once people can download something for free, they think it is public property…

    I suppose one could say that if an individual made fun of Larz Ulrich for his stand on intellectual property but supported womyn’s rights to post private pictures on public infrastructure (cloud servers) then they are being hypocritical-they should feel “sorry” for both or for neither…

    also–cloud storage-your most personal info-medical records, financial data is in the cloud…

    soon, record numbers of people will be victims of identity theft…

  5. September 4, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    …also, on a humorous note…

    If someone’s HD crashes, they should be able to call up the NSA and say, “hey gimme my data back.” Maybe the gov could charge for the service and start paying back the national debt.

    • blurkel
      September 5, 2014 at 5:57 am

      Great idea, Stoner! We the taxpayers might as well get comething in return for all that money NSA sucked up to spy on us all!

      • joesantus
        September 5, 2014 at 4:27 pm

        LMAO. I agree 100% with you on this, Blurkel.

        And, heck, since invasion of privacy matters little to them anyway, maybe they could even do one better, Stoner : the government could utilize the NSA spy and tech and their collected data to ease the US debt by trumping the hackers and establishing public sales of naked celebrity photos!

        Maybe first have congress pass a “Prurient Act”; then have the NSA initiate a sub-project of PRISM called PRIAPrISM; and finally, organize a department through which to market the collected photos, FIMA, “Federal Imagery Management Agency”?

  6. P Ray
    September 6, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Some highlights from the collection (am I saying this because I saw it or someone else did, and told me, bwahahaha):
    Jessica Brown Findlay AND Jennifer Lawrence get a smeared face of man-batter;
    Kate Upton likes it up de bum;
    McKayla Maroney has 0 cleavage, it’s like the M in the McDonald’s logo. Just a line in between and BAM, boobies (big areolae though);

    Other funny highlights:
    Jessica Brown Findlay:
    ” -Plays a respectable classy woman on TV
    -Private vids leaked of her begging to sniff her boyfriends a$$hole
    -Her secret humiliating fetish now exposed to the world.
    -Goodbye sweet career, social life, and dignity.”
    ” Her: “Pleaaaasssseee, I want to smell your bum.”
    Guy: “You can just lick my balls.”
    Her: “I always lick your balls, baby pllllleeeeassse”.”

    In quotes because the summaries are gems 🙂

    • September 6, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      just like a male feminist, it was all for “research”–not for purient interests….

      • P Ray
        September 6, 2014 at 2:41 pm

        I cannot lie, I watch porn and like it,
        just like many men out there,
        religious and irreligious,
        dead or alive.
        Let’s see what the SA crew have to say about it (warning: FUNNY) 🙂
        porn = less power for women

        porn = learning what a non-fat-women looks like

        porn = learning what a women looks like, that wants to be attractive for a men, because she cares about him

        porn = decreased lust that doesnt make you chase after war pigs in the club

        porn = less time for you to learn silly PUA-routines

        porn = a mind not thinking of naked girls and instead of what your goals are

        porn + prostitutes = great leisure activities

        before porn= women gave no bj and werent into anal, now they pretty much have to

        more porn=less rape

        why don´t you ask women to live without porn?? hmm, okay??
        lets see what they would “say”… women consume 30-40% of internet porn. do you really think, that they are “innocent”? do you really believe them, when they say, they don´t consume porn??? are you that stupid???

        Quitting porn was absolute bullshit for me, I was weak and lethargic, I was a 70 year old monk in the body of a 19 year old young man.

        Quitting porn is absolutelly useless, there are no studies, that show porn is bad, just some stupid TED talks, without any proof.

        The human brain cannot be damaged by looking at naked people, our ancestors were naked all the time and fucked and faped whenever they wanted.

      • September 6, 2014 at 3:08 pm

        haha, well I always laughed when Fat Horney and the other man-o-spherians were anti-porn puritans…they talk about how “addictive” it is. Sheltered mama’s boys who’ve never even put on a buzz. Yup, alcohol was addictive until I discovered the 2 day hangover aka alcohol poisoning, Didn’t have a drink for almost two years. Now I drink almost every day. I’m not very sociable but I feel like an A-hole if I turn down my neighbors for a beer.

        I like violent video games and psychadelic drugs…

        Actually met more woman IRL who like porn–had someone whom I knew I shouldn’t get involved with invite me to watch with her and I declined. She probably thought I was a fag.

        Good on you if you like it and aren’t a hypocrite. My personal experience was okay, it pisses off feminists and christians I should be a porno creep. But it was like “extreme death metal” I liked the concept more than the execution.

        at one point I went to strip clubs a few times. Actually, the nudity didn’t do too much for me. I liked turning down “hawt womyn” who wouldn’t otherwise give me the time of day. They’d be pushy demanding lap dances and I’d be like “uh, nope.” Then They’d get mad and that was funny. Seeing stuck up womyn walk away mad. Empowerment for a low status male for sure.

      • P Ray
        January 11, 2015 at 10:05 am

        The funny thing about that stripper that lost the case in the UK, Nadine Quashie,
        “Miss Quashie was a women’s rights campaigner while studying accountancy and finance at Thames Valley University.”

  1. September 7, 2014 at 6:46 pm

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