Snapchat works like Vegas, whatever stories get exchanged on the platform live there as a forgotten memory, surviving only through exaggerated stories.
Snapchat is how memories of our experiences used to work: We share moments with someone else and then retell stories through the imagination with no evidence to support it.
Instant communication is becoming more image based. And communication apps are the true social networks where people send messages that are relevant to the receiver. Conversation is truly two-way. Snapchat is the antithesis to Facebook’s supposed algorithmic newsfeed.
It turns out people do want to live imperfect lives and not the edited versions they see on Facebook and Instagram. Snapchat facilitates spontaneous conversation; the medium is the message. So how about snapchatting another, (unedited) selfie?
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People don’t even mention P2P (peer-to-peer) sharing anymore as they did in the days of Napster. Now, sharing is just a natural extension of the web.
P2P used to be a pejorative term fraught with perceptions of theft and piracy of downloads. It’s true that illegal downloads are still rampant all over of the world. But streams have replaced downloads for the most part and legitimate content networks (Spotify, Hulu, YouTube) have sprouted up to give people that free experience with the support of advertising.
“P2P” as a term has virtually disappeared. If you’re not sharing content you’re not partitipating in what the web was built for. As an artist, you’re able to spread your content across the web and convert your biggest fans. As a user, you’re able to discover all types of new stuff. P2P birthed an online niche for everybody. Sharing is still an imperfect balance, especially when it comes to paid content, but new models are emerging simplify consumption and encourage word of mouth.
I’ve been searching around for a camera only option for Christmas but one more like the iPhone that fits in my pocket and looks less intrusive than a point and shoot.
There’s the Lytro camera but it looks like a telescope. I don’t want to be walking around NYC calling extra attention to myself. Then there’s the exclusive social camera called theQ. While it uploads to various social networks it also looks like your traditional camera. Again, I’m searching for something more discreet looking that has the body of a mobile phone.
Quality is also an issue. I don’t think these alternative cameras even take sharper snaps than iPhone 5S.
The iPhone consolidates everything (music, pictures, and Internet browsing) but sometimes I want a more focused experience like reading on the Kindle. I want a standalone camera shaped like the phone but with all the mobile editing features of Camera and VSCO plus social sharing of Flickr and Instagram.
If you know of any cameras like this please let me know in the comments.
Showing your work while you’re working on it is like throwing a fish net out to sea. The probability of catching something big is slim but you may be surprised by the immediate feedback that you get.
One of the main advantages to the Internet is that you can create something and ship it directly to your audience in the same day. There’s no waiting. There’s no publisher or record label but yourself. The only thing holding you back is the fear of rejection and perfection. So why wait?
"Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences." - Brian Eno
Sharing the backstory to your work is the fun part to the creative process. Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien’s blogged about the KID A recording sessions. Walter Isaacson is asking for fan feedback on a script from his new book.
Art is always in progress. We can touch it up forever. Sometimes art is about being good enough and part of that process is showing people where you’re at right now. Making is sweat and tears; a finished product never just pops out. Show us that you have what it takes to get there.