Archive for April, 2007

The Transparent Society – David Brin

Thursday, April 19, 2007

As a follow-up to the previous post, here’s an interesting article from 1996
(for those of you who don’t remember, that was the time before digital cameras cost less than a car; and cell phones with integrated cameras were something James Bond would show off at MI6 office parties and would make lower ranking secret agents very envious.)

The Transparent Society, by David Brin, Wired magazine, December 1996:

The cameras are coming. They’re getting smaller and nothing will stop them. The only question is: who watches whom?


Click here to disappear: thoughts on images and democracy – David Levi Strauss

Thursday, April 19, 2007

The privatisation of image-making and the manipulation of image-reception in the global, digital age combine to diminish agency and freedom, says David Levi Strauss.

Photography has always had the potential to democratise images, but it has seldom worked out that way in practice. Digital imaging has made image-making devices ubiquitous. Many more people now possess the means to make images more of the time. At the same time, images are primarily used, in the public image environment, to influence public opinion and encourage the consumption of products and services. What is the relation between these two phenomena: near universal private image-making capability and widespread manipulation through public images?

Quand les photos font leur cinéma

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Quand les photos font leur cinéma: “Dans le cadre de son projet Movie Assembly, Gokhan Okur, étudiant turc, tente de concevoir un film sans caméra, entièrement conçu à partir des images du site Flickr.”

..the problem today is no longer how to create the right image,
but how to find an already existing one…
-Lev Manovich