'I was prepared to make people a little uncomfortable, but I didn’t want to do anything illegal. '
July 12, 2012 7:17 PM Subscribe
"When Art, Apple and the Secret Service Collide: ‘People Staring at Computers’ ": A year ago (previously on MetaFilter), Kyle McDonald created an art project that landed him in some trouble with Apple and the attention of the US Secret Service. He writes about it for WIRED.
In the other comments, I started to notice a trend: people were trying to establish definitions. They were arguing about ethics and ontology (even though no one called it that). The project hit a nerve that made people uncomfortable enough that they had to share their opinions and argue their positions. If you’re at school studying art, philosophy, or politics, this isn’t a big deal. These discussions happen over lunch, or in the hallways. But this was happening on the internet.McDonald was a guest of the Eyeo Festival last month, which boasts 'an incredible group of creative coders, data viz pros, designers and artists.'
The moment this deeper conversation began, the project turned into a collaboration with Apple and the Secret Service. I didn’t own it anymore, it belonged to the commenters who were keeping it alive in spite of my virtual death.
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