Someone was surprised to see that I actually opened an instagram account. They know my feelings about the entire social media landscape; yet, it is by studying that landscape where my heartburn has increased into where society is heading as we grow into the advanced artificial intelligence robot age. The big data algorithms and how all the vast amounts of information are sifted and used by companies and nation states, has a trajectory where i hear shades of Orwell coming alive in the not too distant future. Now i am posting images, just because it might be fun to share them with random strangers and watch the new algorithms moving into "ambient orwelle" mode - just give the people what you think they want, not the reality of what they actually need.
In some respects, it is almost like reverse gold mining. Usually one has to move tons of dirt to find a nugget. The real power and value in today’s digital gold mining is to control all the dirt.
The instagram is much like this blog of tons of bad writing and/or nuggets of wisdom. At the core, I am simply doing this for myself. I have lots of images that will never see the light of day. I also realize that “reality” and photojournalism is a bit of an oxymoron in the digital age.
Another analogy might be music in the pre digital era where you analog recording. What has been lost more today is that imagery, just like music, no longer requires you to actually have some talent and be good at playing. The cool think is that one can try 100 different variations in the time it would take in the analog tape or photo film days. But there were skills and talents in the eye of the shooter or player because it wasn’t as easy as technology has made it.
But the information I was seeking from instagram, was a strange psychology experiment, of which the results were a bit of the conclusion or nail in the coffin of why we want to put augmanity into the market. The irony is that the idea is to try to bridge the gaps in differences in race, creed, color, and any other variable you might want to consider – all while the reality of digital worlds taking us father apart, than closer together happens – not because the people don’t want that – but the folks owning the modern day gold mine would find it unprofitable to have the world living in peace and love, than to keep them afraid, particularly of anything that is different than what they know.
So instagram, is a bit underwhelming and it clarified my question of “what is the attention span of an average human today.”
The answer turns out to be even more frightening than I imagined.
Perhaps someone will enjoy an image or two we like as it blows by his or her computer screen – no need to put motion blurs into anything anymore – it does it naturally.
As for the new cards…sadly, they will only be handed out in person, the post office silliness with common sense…just will continue to have those in power shake their heads and wonder why they keep hemorrhaging money. Perhaps I have a workaround for a mailable snail mail version, but I wish the way the new card could work with the current post office wasn’t so strange, yet, inside the parameters of the rules they need followed.
Until you get a card, if you wish, you can go look at the instagram page to see whatever image caught my eye that day, much like the 10 minute writing lessons that are my blog. One day, i hope to improve, dare even become good at it!
if you are bored, want to see through moments in my eyes: