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Living through a lens | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Living through a lens


Offbrand posted a timely comment on people living through their lives digitally. At the last concert you were at, how many people were recording the concert via a phone or camera? The post You are what you document is brief, but the first response from someone that works at Nokia is quite telling. Tom Jenkins comments “The web services that have exploded into mass use are those that get the interconnections right. Putting a photo album online is easy but being able connect this content with manually and automatically added associations: people, tags, places, etc is not just where the cutting edge software engineering is but also the most socially rewarding sharing. Whether it be one-to-many (facebook) or one-to-mass (youtube) people want to be seen doing cool things and spend a lot of time projecting a version of there lives online.” and “As far as ‘I am what I document’. This is no more acute than with my most geeky friends who will add a constant trickle of content: images to Flickr, status to Twitter and Facebook, last played to LastFM throughout the day, everyday. It is clear that this is done consciously to raise their social visibility, from letting their Mum know what they cooked for tea to making and keeping a name for themselves professionally.”

If you’ve been following DesignNotes for any amount of time – you’ll have noticed that I’ve tried to shift away from just posting a link about something that’s cool, to evolving it to be more about my observations on design related life. How people take it in is still a matter for debate…

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