Gatekeepers of censorship: Contemporary erotic art in a digital age…

Date: January 11, 2019

01) Gatekeepers of censorship: Contemporary erotic art in a digital age

“When: Wednesday 23 January 2019, 6:30 — 7:45pm
Where: The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

Join Julia Farrington, associate arts producer at Index on Censorship, psychoanalyst and professor Adam Phillips, and artist Celia Hempton as they discuss the challenges in creating erotic art in today’s contemporary art world with journalist and broadcaster Kirsty Wark.

Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele were two artists that frequently scandalised their audiences in the early 20th century. But what if they were making the same works now – would they be censored? What defines erotic art? Who decides when erotica crosses the line into pornography?

In an age of successful digital media platforms and the prolific production of transgressive artworks, new methods of censorship have become a controversial and impeding issue for contemporary artists. Our panel investigate how censorship has changed in the digital age and to what extent it stifles an artist’s creativity.”

This would be very interesting to attend.

Waking Up with Sam Harris – #145 The Information War (with Renée DiResta)…


Date: January 10, 2019

01) Waking Up with Sam Harris – #145 The Information War (with Renée DiResta)

“In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Renée DiResta about Russia’s “Internet Research Agency” and its efforts to amplify conspiracy thinking and partisan conflict in the United States.

Renée DiResta is the Director of Research at New Knowledge and Head of Policy at the nonprofit organization Data for Democracy where she investigates the spread of malign narratives across social networks. She regularly writes and speaks about the role that tech platforms and curatorial algorithms play in the proliferation of disinformation and conspiracy theories. She is the author of The Hardware Startup: Building your Product, Business, and Brand.


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The Gay Nightmare – Renegade Cut…

Date: January 09, 2019

01) The Gay Nightmare – Renegade Cut

“A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 within the context of homosexuality in America during the 1980’s.”

Sexual minorities have historically been treated monstrously, by the media…and much of the fault rests with religious organizations, and their constant strong armed meddling…

…Religious organizations [and people] often complain today…because the shoe is largely on the other foot…and they don’t much like it, when they end up getting the ridicule…mockery…though, I’d stop short of calling it dehumanization, as this is nothing akin to what sexual minorities have suffered.

It’s funny, this case…because I never really thought of Nightmare on Elm Street 2, as being “gay”…

…I always liked the movie…though it started a long trend of sequels, clearly inferior to the first…