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Hub Week Coming Soon

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It starts tomorrow. STAY TUNED!

Addiction Pure And Simple

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Digital Addiction….I feel it in myself and it’s beginning to really bother me.
Check out….”Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked” by Adam Alter. It’s quite scarey.

Going, Going, Gone…A Glimpse Of The Future

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This photo was taken 15 seconds from the front door of the Harvard Coop Store, smack dab in the middle of Harvard Square, a place with some of the highest real estate values in the state. My point for this lengthy explanation is, often we fail to see clearly what is happening on our very doorstep. We are increasingly mesmerized by the digital world and are losing sight of the real one. Facebook, Amazon, Google, Apple and Twitter are eating our lunch and we are still only barely aware of the chaos to come. 

Painting by iPhone

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This is just a quick photo with my Apple iPhone as I was walking by the Frog Pond yesterday. I had no conventional camera. Do you know the french painter Georges Seurat? This shot reminds me of him.

My point here is not that this photograph is somehow some great work of art. It does however underscore the point that the era of stand alone cameras is under severe attack by that gizmo we all carry in our pockets or purses.

A Powerful Example Of Mixed Media

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Here in Boston we have a very large and well thought out central public library. In its main lobby, beside having a fine display of books, there is a coffee shop and, of all things, a radio and tv station. On certain days you can go in and watch or listen to a PBS program. My photo here is of a radio and tv host named Jim Braude doing a call in show. (His co-host Margery Egan is not in the picture.) 

Sitting comfortably surrounded by books, sipping coffee and watching a radio broadcast plays with my head a bit. The feeling I have is of the density of information that I now have constantly available and its tangential obligation to use it wisely.

Is the western world currently in a period of media overload? I’m not sure but, it bears thinking about.

Explaining Twitter To Abraham Lincoln

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I sat next to Abraham Lincoln at dinner two nights ago. He was fascinated by all the modern communication devices we have nowadays. I tried to explain to him that our current president was using only 140 characters to speak directly to the people of this country. Mr. Lincoln was baffled. He said, “I never liked to give long speeches but I can’t understand how anyone can be that brief and be properly understood.”

Digital Manipulation 

The new world of making photographs into things that don’t look very photographic has arrived with a vengeance. I’m kind of reluctant to use these manipulation tools as they seem to be cheating somehow. 

That said, here is an example of an app called Waterlogue that took a rather ordinary photo and made it quite pretty. I got it from a blog called stevenwillardimages.com. Steven posts good stuff.

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