in media res

thoughts on Mapplethorpe, censorship and the power of the erotic by aristea F
March 23, 2008, 10:29 pm
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Since there seems to be a holy(…) silence covering the blog lately, and intrigued by the unexpected popularity shown in statistics of the facebook posts (especially the first one), I decided to change course a bit and check on the alertness of those ‘in the middle of things’ and the others in the middle of term papers. I have been busy with the pornography issue lately and the long-lasting debate around censorship-obscenity between(but not exclusively) feminists. It’s a tricky one and I won’t post on the debate before I have gone through the term paper process. Nevertheless I want to talk about Robert Mapplethorpe. Continue reading


NGO imagery narrated as development porn by meandomedar
March 5, 2008, 10:26 am
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This is just a short and a “linked” post following the idea of ethics and the display of dead bodies through the media. It was virtuously connected with the idea of porn and the fact that dead bodies resemble the male ejaculation – in a porn the spectator gets to see everything but the ejaculation. In a war, if we didn’t get to see the dead bodies, it would be like showing everything but the end of it. It thus would resemble the narration of porn. Please correct me, if I missed out on something.

I was intrigued by the idea of “porn” outside of porn, leaving the spectator to gaze at something/someone who is exhibited in front of the spectator and its connection to media ethics. I and started looking for resembling thoughts of “porn” imagery – and found an interesting article :,com_jd-wp/Itemid,34/p,488/