Do you remember before the internet when you went out for dinner? (yes folks, there was a time before the internet)
You would take your camera with you to a restaurant or wherever you were dining and photograph your meal. Then in a few days you would drop your film into the pharmacy and come back a week later to pick up the prints.
Then you would get a dozen prints of the best shot of dinner and mail them to your friends, asking them to comment on your choice of meal. And your friends would write back with faint praise for your haute cuisine.
Surely you did that?
Then why do you do it now, just because you can?
Why do we photograph tomorrow’s ablutions and share it with our friends? Have our lives become so boring? And what about the people who “Like” the photos, how sad are they? Are we innately narcissistic? Are we so insecure we need constant gratification we are living wonderful lives?
One thing social media has done is confirm what most have known forever – most people on the planet lead very ordinary lives and work in ordinary jobs. It’s why so many create their amazing Facebook life.
This tongue-in-cheek rant was prompted by an article in today’s press. I first read it in the printed newspaper then my sister sent it to me by email.
Apparently restaurant owners and their customers have become so fed up (like that pun?) with the flash photography ruining the ambiance of the restaurant, they are banning food photography. What will people do if they cannot photograph their meals for their FB page? This could create a whole new counselling market. Here’s the article:
People are so addicted to social media they are missing out on what’s happening in the real world, because they are spending so much time in the virtual world. It’s like those tourists or sport spectators who spend their whole time videoing and no time enjoying. Or as Leunig showed us before the internet:
Research by eMarketer revealed that 25% of people who clicked a ‘Like’ button disagreed it meant they liked the brand. What does this mean for marketers? I’ll have to get back to you on that. I’m cooking tonight’s gourmet feast for the family – ah what the heck, here’s a photo:
I’ll bet you’re salivating. If so please “Like” it on my Facebook site and tell your friends. Please…