The danger of the internet is that it’s very very easy to tell partial truths—to show the fabulous meal but not the mess to clean up afterward. To display the smiling couple-shot, but not the fight you had three days ago. To offer up the sparkly milestones but not the spiraling meltdowns.
coupled with Forced Perspective.
Generally, the more someone wants to show me something - the less I want to see it (and vice-versa.) One could just as easily imply the super-tasty meal by sharing a photograph of the satisfactory bowel movement the following morning.
And thus the issues of photography in general become compacted with the intensity of image sharing in modern culture, which are compacted by everyone’s hyper awareness, general smarts, and the collective consciousness becoming more and more aware of the spiral that I’m describing in this run on sentence.
What I wonder is where are we going with all this? What’s next? Will it stop? Will we, as a whole, the big we, become frightened of this and turn back the way we came? I can’t even fathom what is down the other road, where this all continues, and we keep going. We keep sharing. Homogenization.
» You know what I wonder? I wonder if it’s going to be a good thing. We’re creating a new, decentralized mainstream culture that will generate the necessary friction for truly creative and interesting people to build their own underground beneath.
I don’t think we’re headed on an endless line anywhere in particular. Culture heaves in and eats itself and gives birth again all the goddamn time. We’ve been gluttons for endless nostalgia over the last decade plus, but now we have real literacy in new technologies that will certainly allow us to craft our own, new-(ish) cultural landscape.
It could be great. It could also be terrible.