What we’re talking about today is how social media, and specifically Facebook because we’ve found that they have the strictest policies around this topic, how these social media companies censor art, and specifically nude art. We believe that nude art is an important part of our culture, an important part of our history, and an important part of our present.
People will ask me, “How do you deal with this feedback? Does it hurt you?” And my response is yes, it does. Because if it didn’t hurt me, then I think I would lose the capacity that I have to write stories that connect with people. If I become immune to the hurt and to the pain, then I can’t write something that moves someone.
I wonder with all these varying levels of needs that we have as users, and as we live more and more of our lives digitally and on social media, what would it look like to design a semi-private space in a public network?
Appropriation is something we’re really uncomfortable with. We talk about it mostly in negative terms, when we even talk about it at all. But it’s also weirdly a pretty fundamental part of how we work.