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I love it when you scanning your twitter account and click on an article and have your mind blown. I'll never think about my camera phone the same way again. 

I've quoted the most jarring part of the article below, but I recommend you read the entire piece. He sees filters as a natural way that we try to soften the blow of reality.  Filteredself

Advertising Age: Instagram Is OK, But Photoshop Is Evil?, 2012-May, by Simon Dumenco

The truth just might be that we can't handle the truth -- the digital "truth," at least. We've somehow been convinced by companies such as Canon and Nikon -- to cite two photography conglomerates that have successfully transitioned their product lines from analog to digital -- that megapixels don't lie. That higher resolution is somehow truer to life.

But the reality is that digital is just another type of simulacra -- endless streams of 1's and 0's that offer an antiseptic, and often brutal, take on reality. Digital is unforgiving in a way that the human eye isn't. A 20-megapixel camera can detect -- and bring into jarring relief -- the laugh lines around even a 20-year-old's mouth.

All of which makes me think of a famous Susan Sontag observation from her collection of essays titled "On Photography": "To photograph people is to violate them, by seeing them as they never see themselves, by having knowledge of them that they can never have; it turns people into objects that can be symbolically possessed. Just as a camera is a sublimation of the gun, to photograph someone is a subliminal murder -- a soft murder, appropriate to a sad, frightened time."

"On Photography" was published in 1977. In the 35 years since then, photography has only gotten more brutal, more murderous. We're all armed and dangerous now.

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