Quite thought provoking.
It’s a new trend in social media. We spend as much time debating the philosophy of our apps and web tools as we do using them. But I can’t help it. Our growing desire to capture every moment of our lives is a topic of deep philosophical fascination.
Nathan Jurgenson, writing in Cyborgology, argues that our love of the “faux-vintage photo” is part of a “larger trend whereby social media increasingly force us to view our present as always a potential documented past.” If our social media is a binary tension between the inner scribe and poet, he writes, Instagram channels more of the latter.
This is largely because a digital photo that looks like a 1960s Polaroid imparts instant importance.
“By making our digital photos appear physical,” he writes, “we are attempting to purchase the cachet and importance that physicality imparts.”
Perhaps the answer is because the physical…
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