The Internet has changed forever what we take pictures of…

November 29, 2009

in a picture is worth a thousand words

… even more so now that Smart Phones are becoming ubiquitous. For the better… or for the worst?

To a certain extent it has changed WHEN and WHERE we take pictures. The way we interpret the world. The way we caption the things we see. Now every snap shot that comes through my daily life deserves demands a caption of its own. A running commentary, subtitle of some sort.

Got to go?

Got to go?

Need a job?

Need a job?

Bookstores are fun!

Bookstores are fun!

"Mom, that's you!" "Awww. You guys..."

"Mom, that's you!" "Awww. You guys..."

Sarah Palin's new movie?

Sarah Palin's new movie?


Robin November 30, 2009 at 11:24 am

Good stuff! I think all places should use the bathroom signs.
.-= Robin´s last blog…Top 5 Movies They Should Never Ever Remake =-.

Absence Alternatives November 30, 2009 at 10:59 pm

Exactly! It makes me just want to go even when I don’t need to.

pixielation November 30, 2009 at 12:23 pm

I think it’s both good and bad – like anything, there are some people who really should be taught that “Just because you CAN, doesn’t mean you SHOULD!”.

Other people are able use the new camera, media, tools or whatever it is in question to even greater creativeness.
.-= pixielation´s last blog…Leaving, on a jet plane. Hope the food is better than last time. =-.

Absence Alternatives November 30, 2009 at 11:00 pm

You are a photographer therefore it would be even more interesting to know what you think about how the Interweb has changed how we view photography. Neat! By the way, that post about flying with kids, I am going to recommend it to all thinking about flying with kids.

Mama Zen November 30, 2009 at 12:53 pm

I never noticed all of the bizarre stuff there was around to take pictures of until the internet!
.-= Mama Zen´s last blog…Is It Just Me . . . =-.

Absence Alternatives November 30, 2009 at 11:03 pm

I remember your post where you risked your life to take a picture of a weird car so you could share with your readers? THAT was awesome!

Ha. Took me some time but I found it:


TheKitchenWitch November 30, 2009 at 1:59 pm

I cannot even work my camera phone…

Still, those “gotta go” signs are too funny.
.-= TheKitchenWitch´s last blog…Screw the Turkey =-.

Absence Alternatives November 30, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Soon your girls will be able to show you… Kids are “scary” in that way nowadays… I now just hand all electronics to my 11 yo and let him figure it out first. Then he can tell me in plain English.

Andrea November 30, 2009 at 2:38 pm

What is a “Wow Bao” and where can they be found? I’ve just put “must try hot asian buns” on my to-do list. :)
.-= Andrea´s last blog…"I’ll stick around" =-.

Absence Alternatives November 30, 2009 at 11:07 pm

LOL. Thank you for getting, or at least tolerating my crude, race humor. 3 locations in downtown CHI. You should hit it next time you go worship at the AGP mecca. 😉

Jane November 30, 2009 at 4:09 pm

I never thought about it that way – but you are so right! But seriously, cell phones that record video and take pictures scare me. I’m so afraid my daughter (with her blurred sense of privacy due to her belonging to the facebook/iphone/youtube generation) is going to post something unflattering of her dear old mother. And don’t you snicker– it could happen to you.
.-= Jane´s last blog…A World Where Skin Color Is Of No Consequence =-.

Absence Alternatives November 30, 2009 at 11:10 pm

I am not laughing at you at all. I have put down the LAW: nobody takes any picture of me. Period. Even on Facebook, I don’t allow people to “tag” me in a picture. I am such an antisocial bitch. (yeah, and that’s why I am on Facebook… I know I know. Tis ironic…)

Jessica November 30, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Your bathroom sign reminds me of the one I saw in the London Airport. It was inside the bathroom…posted right next to the stall: No Smoking In Toilet.


Absence Alternatives November 30, 2009 at 11:11 pm

LOL. Fly there now so you can take a picture with your cell phone! 😉

Jen @ NathanRising November 30, 2009 at 8:45 pm

I always feel like somebody’s watching me.
Just a few weeks ago, I was at Walgreen’s getting my son some teething medicine. After the purchase, I was buckling him into his car seat. Unfortunately, I had to bend over to accomplish such a task, so my big ass was waving around in the air. But after only a few moments, I felt like someone was looking. you know that intense feeling where your neck gets goose bumps and you get THAT BURN. That burn that signifies you are being watched. So I whipped into an upright position and glanced over my shoulder.
And to my horror, the phone was pointed DIRECTLY AT ME.
AND THEY WERE GIGGLING, their necks craning while they looked at the camera’s screen.
God help us all. My fat ass is probably being displayed somewhere on the Internet.
.-= Jen @ NathanRising´s last blog…The Sneezing Marathon =-.

Absence Alternatives November 30, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Oh, Jen, I am so sorry! I mean it. That would be my nightmare scenario… Ever since I discovered People of Walmart, I am afraid of going into Walmart ever again. (Beside, I don’t agree with their labor policies etc. But that’s a different issue…)

Elly Lou December 1, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Now I have to rethink my plan to litter the internet with photos from my trip…boo.
.-= Elly Lou´s last blog…Roots =-.

Absence Alternatives December 1, 2009 at 10:05 pm

NO! Don’t! That’s not what I was trying to do, making people feel bad. I do that a lot I know, but not this time. I would LOVE to see the pics from your Romantic surprise getaway. Ok, but not the too Romantic part. That would be… weird. Maybe if you have a picture of Creamed Corn I’d really appreciate it. I have a crush on him now methinks.

Elly Lou December 2, 2009 at 12:47 pm

He is wicked adorable, it’s true. If my life was Fantasy Island, he would be Tattoo.
.-= Elly Lou´s last blog…Poconos (Part One) =-.

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