Some More Thoughts on the “Fappening”
Since my initial thoughts on this still unfolding event, I have made a few more observations.
# 1 The quality of nude photos of, and by, willing and frequently non-compensated amateurs is now indistinguishable from those of well-known actresses and models.
There was an era (upto the mid-1990s) when the models in amateur nudies and porn were indeed less attractive than well compensated professionals. However this distinction has steadily eroded since then and we are now firmly in an era where even non-famous photographers and models can produce work that rivals and frequently exceeds the output of highly compensated and famous professionals. Many factors,from the spread of inexpensive quality photographic equipment and photoshop to the ubiquity of gyms, yoga studios, plastic surgery, beauty salons etc, has contributed to this trend. However the end results are unmistakable and raise another question.
Why is the current system paying millions to pretty but otherwise mediocre women like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton while ignoring more talented and attractive women? This question is closely linked to other supposed paradoxes like why the current system pays mediocre to incompetent CEOs millions while laying off the very people whose work created all that wealth. Or why mediocre liars (aka academics) from ivy-league universities make far more money and have far more power than their more competent versions from less “famous” universities. Or why white HBD morons who have never done anything that demonstrates their supposedly superior intellect keep on talking about race and intelligence.
# 2 The end of the brief era, when big-corporation (google, twitter, facebook, imgur, reddit) mediated centralization and control of the internet seemed feasible, has now started.
It is no secret that the last few years had seen an attempt by large corporations and the elite to corral the internet through centralization and providing “cloud” based storage services. To this end many of them tried to provide free services and appear tolerant of opinions that run contrary to their view of the world. However they could never really hide to desire for control and power and incidents such as tumblr’s unsuccessful attempts to get porn off its network and aggressive corporate-friendly moderating in reddit kept on reminding some people of their true intentions. I however believe that two recent incidents related to the “fappening” have accidentally kick-started their demise.
You might have heard that twitter recently suspended thousands of user accounts that tweeted links to the ISIL beheading videos and pictures from the “fappening”. Imgur also tried, if somewhat half-heatedly, to remove pictures from the “fappening” series as did reddit by closing down the subreddit that acted as one of the central clearing places for these pictures. It is no secret that google also did not help people find those pictures. Yet I can see that those pictures have effortlessly proliferated on multiple BBs, personal blogs, shared folders and a host of other locations that were supposedly passe, according to most “experts” and “trendologists”.
Do not, therefore, be surprised if you see the rapid spread of open-source and decentralized social media platforms in the next few months. In any case- the cost and difficulty of hosting content, either by yourself or as part of a group, have drastically gone down since the mid- to late-2000s.
# 3 A lot of new media has revealed itself to be old media.
It is telling that the most strident, and authority-based arguments, against leaking those photos came from the so-called “new” media rather than its half-dead older version. Many people, including myself, have long believed that “new” internet-based media was nothing more than an internet-native version of its old dead tree counterpart. Events subsequent to the “fappening” have shown us to be correct and also revealed the extent of its similarity to old media.
It is also very telling that supposedly hip and Gen-Y ish figures (Lena Dunham, Seth Rogen) promoted by new media are responding to this event in a manner indistinguishable from their counterparts from the pre-internet era. But it makes sense once you realize that neither of them would be successful in a world based on ability. Celebrity and wealth has always been based on nepotism, contacts and luck and the ability to scam others as opposed to competence and ability.
Will write more in an upcoming post.
What do you think? Comments?