We hope you had a splendid 4th of July. Based on most of the social media postings we saw this morning it looks like the majority of Americans were enjoying idyllic days filled with sand, parades and picnics capped off with fireworks and ice cream. Which, like many holidays in the digital age, may cause the modern mother to wonder: is it about the event or the photo op? The article in this morning's WSJ, Don't Forget to Pack a Photographer elevates this query to new heights. The author tells us:
Travelers want to record memorable moments without ruining them stressing about focus and flash. They want more sophisticated shots to share on social media. And vacationers realize that an iPhone may not catch that perfect surfing or skiing triumph.
The kind, tolerant modern mother might think that, with quality time at such a premium, this is a wonderful way to be able to remember one's vacation. The more cynical modern mother might call it narcissism.
There is no doubt that social media is a wonderful way for families who are apart to stay in touch and share special moments. But the concern is: are we, as a people, living in the moment or for the photo op? How can a family really be connecting in any meaningful way with a third party photographer tagging along? Would one not end up feeling like a cast member on the The Truman Show?
One can of course understand the need for high-quality, "sophisticated" photos for social media when one is sharing them with 500+ "friends." Because really, if someone is spending time crafting communiques and photos for thousands isn't that Public Relations rather than keeping up with friends? In any event, should the photographer and videographer fail them people may want to resort to Clive Beacon, Facebook Image Consultant.
Finally, let us end with this delightfully honest piece about Facebook by good old clear-thinking, straight-talking Stanley Bing who can be found weekly on the last page of Fortune Magazine.
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