SelfieCity – 9/5

“Writing about media interface presentations and their relation to larger cultural trends is tricky. Different elements are constantly added, changed or removed, new services are frequently developed and released to public use, and new technologies capture the imaginations of many.”

This part of the essay stood out to me because it never phased me how quickly technology is changing. There are so many different ways of capturing an image and posting it somewhere. There are even technologies like Snapchat that are aimed to specifically connect you and share your surroundings with people. It’s interesting to think about what was before Snapchat because all I can really think about is taking a picture on your camera or phone and personally sending it to someone or posting on a social network. Now there is a social network to do exactly that. It just raises the question: what is to come? how will the capturing and spreading of images change over time? how easy will it be to see where people are and what they are doing?

“One of the most crucial and dramatic processes that we can point to is the fragmentation of images: the automatic and manual annotation of images with “external” metadata , and with “internal” metadata that is extracted from within images’ content itself: images taken inside vs. outside, the identification of people in a photograph, automatic detection of different scenes or atmospheres in photos (i.e. nightlife; happy; sad) and much more.”

This paragraph took me straight to the idea of Snapchat because we’re able to tell the internal and external annotation of images. When taking a snapchat not only are we trying to picture where we are, who we are with and what we are doing but also the added effect of location filters to further a suspicion and make it concrete. This app has become a way of documenting your life for not only yourself but also to your followers. It also has the ability to show what your emotions are and potentially thoughts if you offer it. There were several times during a show where people would document their feelings about an episode. 

“How do we study these communities? What type of relations they suggest?”

I think there are too many communities to be studied. There are apps that are able to track a persons lifestyle, spending habits, and activity through social media. I think the communities are so intertwined that it is hard to study them. There are too many variables and too many different technologies. I wouldn’t know where to begin unless it was an extremely specific study “Girls from Long Island on a Saturday night” based off of the “Long Island” Snapchat filter. Although that doesn’t encompass an entire population, it’s a good start. 

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