On the streets of soho, nyc.
According to Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends report, we currently upload and share 1.8 billion photos every single day. This sheer abundance has redefined the nature of the photograph entirely. Pictures are no longer precious; there are just too many of them. Once collected and preserved as art, or to document memories, they are now emerging as a new language, one that promises to be both more universally understood and accessible to anyone. Witness the rise of a new visual vocabulary. Photos, along with emojis, video snippets, GIFS, and other imagery, are replacing written language for many of the things we once relied on words to express.
Interesting article in the NY Times about the increasing use of stickers in mobile messaging services as a way to communicate emotions.
Stickers also let Japanese users express direct feelings that can be awkward to convey in the formal language, Ms. Morishima said. Refusing an invitation from a colleague for after-work drinks, for example, could cause discomfort in a culture where an outright no is avoided at all costs. But enlist a bear as the messenger and there is less potential for embarrassment on either side, Ms. Morishima said.
As digital communication and norms continue to evolve, it’s interesting to think about the potential of a universal visual language.
Unintended audiences. A story about a subculture - young men who love My Little Pony.
Interesting article in this month’s Fast Company about ReDigi’s mission to change the culture of digital commerce to mimic “real life” purchases. Their entire mission is founded on the belief that digital goods should be treated like physical goods.
From the start, Larry Rudolph, ReDigi’s technology architect, focused on creating a method that trades only in verifiable legal downloads. Once an eligible song or book is sold, it is isn’t copied by ReDigi and then deleted from your files. Instead, it’s effectively “moved” in a way that’s akin to how banks move money in digital transactions. In time, ReDigi envisions all of its users digital goods being located in the cloud, so buyers and sellers will never actually move a book or song. They’ll merely transfer the title the way we transfer titles to houses.