Stay home, Famous landmarks zoomed out
"I am the beautiest lady in all of the Spain"
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The feature is largely a novelty right now since it only has about five years of images, but as the Street View database grows, it could become a valuable tool for research, and a digital braintrust for how time moves. From Google’s perspective, it’s valuable data to own. (via Google Street View lets you go back in time to see older satellite images.)
Recently, Routledge and some collaborators showed that nostalgia serves an “existential function.” In one study, the researchers randomly assigned some test participants to read nostalgic song lyrics, and others to read neutral lines. Those in the nostalgic group subsequently rated their lives as more meaningful and full of purpose. “Nostalgia reminds us that people love us, and that we’ve had good interpersonal experiences,” says Routledge. “So our lives feel worthwhile.” (via Why The Internet Fetishizes Old Photos | Co.Design | business design)
But after just a few years, sharing on Facebook feels like walking up to a group of parents, teachers, friends, cousins, camp counselors, classmates, and colleagues, and boasting about my latest accomplishment, or about the merits of the brunch I just ate. “People treat posting on Facebook like it’s public,” says danah boyd, a sociology researcher who interviewed over 150 teens for her recent book on social media. If Facebook wants its News Feed to remain the source of news about friends, family, and other people we care about it, it needs to change its definition of friendship.
Lots of good points. While Facebook is doing a lot to ensure the company doesn’t get disrupted from the outside (read: Instagram, WhatsApp, and to some extent, even Oculus), inside, the network is definitely starting to have the feel of social rot.
Relationships change over time. And Facebook has now been around long enough to be exposed to this. This is problematic if they do want to maintain the lead as the “social network”. But maybe they don’t. Maybe that network was just the start.
The American Reader:I have a fun game/exercise that I play with my rhetoric classes. I pick a seemingly innocuous phrase that is (over-)used in mass media, then I ask the class to explain what it means. No matter what they say, I either pretend not to understand, or ask “no, but what does it…
Amsterdam Canals, 2014
From the series Into Nothingness
[via Faith is Torment]