I’ve been saying for a while now, I don’t like it when I go to an event and I don’t shoot photos and then experiencing the feeling that, if it’s not on Flickr, it did not happen, this has been troubling me, and now I read “Will You Marry Me? Say Cheese!,” an article in the September 20th New York Times which mentions visual anthropologist Mike Wesch (known for his amazing Web 2.0 video):
Michael Wesch, an assistant professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University who studies the impact of new media on human interaction, said: “I watch students come to the realization that there’s an internal contradiction in their lives. They both want to be famous and they want to be authentic, and yet there’s something in their striving to archive their lives that’s inauthentic.”
One of his former students recently posted his own proposal photographs on Facebook, he noted. That site and others like MySpace “allow them to be their own publicists,” he went on. “Which ties in with the marriage thing. It really is a fascinating phenomenon. It’s almost like if it’s not on Facebook, it didn’t happen.”
I’m starting to wonder if we should produce less media, rather than more?