Tag Archives: Photography

Snapchat Stories

From the Snapchat blog: “Snapchat Stories add Snaps together to create a narrative. When you add a Snap to your Story it lives for 24 hours before it disappears, making room for the new. Your Story always plays forward, because it makes sense to share moments in the order you experience them.”

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Vine Thrives Despite Instagram

My post at BuzzFeed.

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Why Vine Just Won’t Die

Vine and Instagram

Gif by Ariel Zambelich/WIRED

There is a struggle being waged for mobile video. Facebook has Instagram and Twitter has Vine. Even though Instagram’s video has a suite of features that make it a more powerful tool, Vine’s popularity persists. Mat Honan of WIRED thinks this has to do with Vine’s off-the-cuff youth culture, it’s dedicated community of minorities, it’s unique cultural force.

Facebook and Twitter are slugging it out to be your go-to social updating service. After the former snagged Instagram, the latter launched its own picture-sharing service. That’s spilled over into video, where there’s a proxy war going on between Facebook’s Instagram and Twitter’s Vine. Instagram appeared to be winning this–handily–based just on sharing. But Vine has proved surprisingly resilient, and as it turns out, it looks like it has a hidden killer feature: a distinct culture.

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Bracing For A Post-Facebook Facebook

How will the company called Facebook continue to grow and innovate as Facebook the social network fades?

John Herrman of BuzzFeed tries to figure it out.

…while the internet moves fast, the world of social networking moves faster. Facebook, once a leader in almost every category it touched, now leads in almost none: it’s not the most exciting picture service, nor is it the next big messaging service, video service, mobile texting service, or news-sharing service. The only thing it definitely is is the leading identity service — something that a lot of sites are trying to take away from it.

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Social Media Images Form A New Language Online

“Photos, once slices of a moment in the past — sunsets, meetings with friends, the family vacation — are fast becoming an entirely new type of dialogue,” writes Nick Bilton of the New York Times Bits blog.

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The Smartphone Changed Photography Forever

At The Verge James Bareham, a professional photographer, writes about falling in love with taking photos all over again, this time with smartphones.

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Mother’s Day And Actual Vintage Photos

Interesting stuff on Facebook today. Serious nostalgia for our moms when they were younger.

Does anyone else find it interesting that REAL vintage photos of moms are cropping up today? As opposed to faux-vintage of the Instagram variety. What do faux-vintage filters attempt to accomplish/convey?

Nathan Jurgenson says they manufacture nostalgia. They are attempts to reproduce “classic,” memorable moments. A yearning for something important.

What do you think?

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Hashtag Sympathy: Boston, Disaster Porn And The Law of Zuckerberg

Cyborgology

In my essay for Cyborgology, I explore the use of social media to express sympathy. I critique the media phenomenon known as disaster porn and apply it to the the logic of social sharing on Facebook and Twitter.

…documented sharing incentivizes Facebook and Twitter users to traffic in disaster porn. This is the depiction of destruction or tragedy in ways that do not enlighten, but merely sensationalize, pervert, exploit. The ego-stroking affirmations of social networks—the likes and RTs—the ones that push us to share new music and comment on engagement photos, seem perverse when dealing with gory misfortune. From this unsavory perspective, many of the declarations whizzing around Boston look like sympathy but smell like attention-seeking.

…As with older forms of news media, this risks entering into a perverse agenda-setting of the moral. To accept an attention-grabbing rubric to determine cultural significance is to bolster the same kind of news norms that we recognize to be malevolent. These include a preoccupation with the global north, xenophobic privileging of moneyed American interests, highlighting pornographic disaster over chronic, pervasive crime, a disregard for victims who are not white, downplaying environmental degradation with no immediate, visible harm.

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Memoto, The Lifelogging Camera

Memoto SXSW

Jenna Wortham/ The New York Times

Reporting from SXSW in Austin, Jenna Wortham sketches the new product from Memoto, a tiny, wearable camera that captures moments every 30 seconds.

Memoto’s camera hints at some of the issues that will emerge about privacy, ownership of data and social etiquette as automatic lifelogging devices like theirs, or Google Glass, become more prevalent in the wild. There are also larger questions about how secure the sensitive information captured on these devices will turn out to be, or what happens should these companies go out of business, potentially taking reservoirs of personal information captured over the years with them.

 

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Adrien Chen On Theorizing The Web

Betabeat has a write up of the awesome conference that went down last weekend on internet issues and social media, Theorizing The Web. Gawker writer Adrien Chen has some reflections too.

If you read Nathan Jurgenson’s pieces on Snapchat or Instagram, you see someone who really values and understands the technology but is also highly skeptical and curious about how it really works. It all goes back to the question of control: Are we letting these technologies control us while Silicon Valley billionaires get rich? Or can we maintain our critical facilities and agency, while still taking advantage of social media? Theory can help us address the very real issues about social media without falling into the technophobic “is facebook making us lonely” panic that characterizes so much mainstream discourse around social media and the internet.

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