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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.

Digital Confusion

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I suspect the problem here is primarily generational. How the hell can anybody, especially old folks, keep up with the evolution of the cyber world we now live in?

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