Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Censorship

Part of a post that PatiB put on the Paintnthings website read
" There is a discussion ongoing regarding censorship versus what is appropriate to post on web sites that are open to the general public. There have been some questions of personal sensibilities, questionable images, exploitation of the female figure, and so on ... a very interesting subject paired with mailart and non-censorship issues".

What is your view on censorship versus what is appropriate to post on websites that are open to the general public?
and:
What is your view on censorship in the arts in general?

6 Comments:

Anonymous Gail D. Whitter said...

Perhaps one idea would be to put the words ADULT CONTENT or ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK on a website. On our written word board, if one is putting up "adult content" works, then one is expected to put "adult content" in the subject line.

Personally, I don't think censorship belongs in the arts. It seems to me one of the valuable freedoms we have as a society, is Freedom of Expression - is this going to become a thing of the past, like the dinosaur? As both an artist & writer, I hope not.

Hurrah! For Pati & all the other brave souls who stare controversy in the face!

9:18 PM  
Blogger Sharon K. Shubert said...

Although I don't work with adult content subjects, themes or pics, I don't think anyone has a right to censor art....however, with that being said, I don't think such works should be posted on a website without a warning on the subject line. Then those who don't wish to view it can avoid it. :)

8:38 AM  
Blogger pati b said...

This question arose out of comments received for the mailart call "Belly Button" Not exactly an adult subject, per se. Take a look at the web page and see what you think. These are pics that may or may not need a disclaimer. My concern was that the internet has access to all ages of people and I think we need to be aware of that and sensitive to it. Being a grandparent, I am always aware of issues that involve what children should, or should not see and hear. They are subjected to many things through television and other media that are just wrong for small eyes and ears. I do not want to contribute to the deluge of inappropriate materials. Not that I think many children would be viewing my web page, but one never knows, does one?
Thanks for all the input. I think this is a very important subject to keep exploring.
Pati B.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Paintnthings said...

Anyone wondering about censorship on this board. I remove all spam.

2:05 PM  
Anonymous blue apple said...

Good to know you are on the lookout for spam ... now THERE is where censorship could really work.

6:50 PM  
Blogger gahlil said...

As coordinator of Shadow & Evil in Fairytales, current mail art call, I have to admit I have received two pieces which fall into the questionable category. Both are humourous, but at the same time, because of the fact that anyone can access the blog, we have decided not to post them online. These pieces, however will be included in the exhibit.

Its a tough call. Still.

1:50 PM  

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