The Traditional Photograph Versus The Social Photograph

I like this distinction a great deal:

Jurgenson told me that he draws a distinction between the traditional photograph as a permanent documentary object and the social photograph, which tends toward “ephemerality, playfulness, and expressiveness. When images are easy to make and easy to share, they come to be less about permanence.”

It comes from an interesting piece about the intersection of digital photography and memory.

Serious photographers have always distinguished between the “snap” and the “serious photo”. That distinction has taken on a much deeper meaning in the digital age. The social photograph is clearly a “snap”. But that doesn’t negate the role of the traditional photo.

I bought a new mirrorless camera last month, and I’ve really been enjoying disconnected photography for a while. It is a distinctly different experience to shooting with my iPhone.

Apple cancels AirPower:

“After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project.”

That’s an almost unprecedented hardware screwup for the company.

This is an unusually good idea from Twitter:

“Twitter is exploring how it can annotate offensive tweets that break its rules but remain in the public interest, said Vijaya Gadde, the company’s head of legal, policy, and trust and safety.”

Will it scale, though?

Learning from Mueller

Andrew Sullivan: Mueller Summary Is a Big Win for America

Mueller is someone we should study if we want to see how to oppose this president effectively. You can’t out-tweet or out-insult the clinically narcissistic and characterologically disgusting. You cannot beat him at his own game. But you can consistently refuse to take his boorish bait and maintain your own standards of conduct. You can calmly stare down a bully, and you can let your actions speak louder than your words.

Surprising take. But, actually, I can see his point.

Democracy has a price, and you can’t stop paying it.

Democracy has a price, and it’s not an easy price to pay. Nothing is ever completely settled under a democracy. Any decision that can be made by a democratic process can be over-turned by a democratic process. People on the Remain side are suffering the downside of that right now. They - we - thought the benefits of membership of the EU - and the downsides of departure - were so obvious and so clear that a vote to leave would be unimaginable. They - we - didn’t fight hard enought to make the positive case for the EU. And so they - we - lost.

However, the day is coming soon when the Brexiteers find themselves on the other end of the equation. They will have “won”, but then those hundreds of thousands who marched in London, and the millions who signed the petition become the beginning of a campaign to rejoin. The day we leave - the day that was meant to be today - is the day the really hard work starts for Brexit supporters, because that’s the day you have to start proving that you were right, that we will be better off out. Every day you fail to do that, every day the economy falters, that people get laid off, every day that international travel gets harder, or our young people lose out on studying opportunities or jobs because of Brexit is a day that democracy starts grinding against you.

Our young people are angry. They’re protesting against climate change, and our failure to address it. Children in my town protested against Brexit, and the response was patronising, rather than engaging. They will not forgive - or forget - that easily.

This price is why authoritarianism is so attractive to so many - when they have “won” they can stop fighting. We do not live in a authoritarian regime, and I pray we never do. If you supported Brexit, you don’t “win” on Brexit day - you start the hard, long job of proving you were right.

Good luck.

You’ll need it.