Privacy is Dead

Tim Cook Defends Apple’s Security in Wake of iCloud Hacks

"I <3 privacy." (Wikimedia Commons)

Earlier this month, a number of nude photos were leaked stolen from the various celebrities’ iCloud accounts, leaving many questioning whether Apple products are really as secure as they thought. Though he doesn’t explicitly reference the hacking scandal, Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the company’s website on Wednesday to publish an open letter affirming Apple’s commitment to users’ privacy, as well as detailing new security measures. Read More

Fun With Photography

Tina Fey Takes ‘Thousands’ of Super Close-Up Nudes to Protect Herself If Photos Leak

Because why not? (Screengrab: YouTube)

Following a recent theft of celebrity nudes that inspired a sleazy Reddit charity campaign and an even sleazier artist’s gallery show, celebrities are now discussing ways to protect themselves from such invasions of privacy.

On last night’s Late Show, Tina Fey explained that to avoid being identified if her nudes ever get out, she exclusively takes close-up photos of her butt. Read More

Off the Media

Spare Us The Sanctimony: The Gross Hypocrisy of Online Media in the Nude Photo Leak

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It seems to me that we are entering a new phase in our media culture online. It’s post-gossip, post-snark and post-smarm. It is the sanctimony phase.

Maybe it’s an outgrowth of Upworthy and its simple yet holier-than-thou politics. Maybe it’s the natural extension of outrage porn. But you are seeing it quite clearly with the media reaction to the recent trove of leaked celebrity nudes. Read More