Sunday, May 06, 2012

Stroke 2012 - 4

Facebook has a lot to answer for.

"In a study, Christopher Carpenter, Ph.D., an assistant professor of communication at Western Illinois University, posits that Facebook has a dark side.
Narcissism is defined in this study as “a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration and an exaggerated sense of self-importance,” Carpenter said. He believes Facebook provides an ideal forum for the average narcissist.

Facebook “offers a gateway for hundreds of shallow relationships and emotionally detached communication.” Social networking in general allows the user a great deal of control over how he or she is presented to and perceived by peers and other users, he added."

The book recently published comes in its own cotton bag, too. 

On 280 pages there are over 300 'profile photos' from all over the world.

It's a clever idea and it gives printed paper permanence to a genre of photography as new as the work of 'street fashion' photographers like The Sartorialist. 

In a little over two years I have saved about 240 'me in the mirror' snapshots. But clearing copyright would be an impossible task and so I don't think there's any book publication on the horizon.

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