14:15 - 14:45
Nudes and N00dz

Short thesis

Venus De Milo isn't pornographic because the work hangs in a museum and is therefore accepted as part of a larger canon of art, but a similar piece put on instagram from an artist can be pornographic because a corporation deems it to be. So if the Internet mimics real life then what implications exist when censorship curates culture?


Since the conception of social media, we have entered a phase of the internet where modern corporate censorship models remove entire works of art. By doing so, they are creating entire gaps in the canon of art. There are nudes, and then there are n00dz. But what's the difference, really?

In a corporatized culture of snapchats and dick-pic scandals, sexuality is defined by corporate rules while pornography is overtly included in advertising. Across much of the web, corporations now define freedom of expression and determine what can or should be censored. The operating assumption of US Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart toward pornography—"I know it when I see it"—is increasingly impossible to apply in a space where Facebook defines our intent on their Terms.