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(Christian Science Monitor)   Instagram is a silly fad, an affront to photography, and a terrorist plot   (csmonitor.com) divider line 48
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2013-04-28 12:21:49 PM  
BAN INSTAGRAM!!
 
2013-04-28 12:24:37 PM  
I don't get Instagram. Or Tumblr for that matter.
 
2013-04-28 12:38:18 PM  
An affront to photography at least
 
2013-04-28 12:52:16 PM  
Instagram's biggest fault is that it perpetuates the myth than there is only one way to be creative ... and that people care to see photos of your food.
 
2013-04-28 12:58:43 PM  
People sharing pictures doesn't bother me, I don't have to look at them.  It's those lame-ass "lets make everything look all warm and fuzzy" filters people use that bother me.
 
2013-04-28 01:01:37 PM  
Is the Obvious tag taking pictures of its lunch?
 
2013-04-28 01:01:43 PM  
But tell us how you ~ really~ feel...
 
2013-04-28 01:02:56 PM  
I scanned a photo into my computer, uploaded it to some photo storage site. It asked me if I wanted to put a retro filter on it that would make it yellowy and old school and showed me a preview. Difficult : this photo was  already from the mid 80s and aged. It just looked like it was soaked in urine at that point.
 
2013-04-28 01:03:19 PM  
And it's a scheme devised by Satan, obviously.  Don't ignore the demonic influence.

And the Illuminati, too.  Same difference.
 
2013-04-28 01:03:46 PM  
WTF is Instagram and why should I care?
 
2013-04-28 01:05:39 PM  
On one hand, such online activity is hardly damning. "Likes" don't make a terrorist.

That's where you're wrong CSM.
 
2013-04-28 01:06:47 PM  
I disagree.

I think it's very important for people to see my food before I eat it.
 
2013-04-28 01:07:39 PM  
t0.gstatic.com

RIP
 
2013-04-28 01:09:05 PM  

FunkOut: I scanned a photo into my computer, uploaded it to some photo storage site. It asked me if I wanted to put a retro filter on it that would make it yellowy and old school and showed me a preview. Difficult : this photo was  already from the mid 80s and aged. It just looked like it was soaked in urine at that point.


A friend of mine recently went to a wedding and put up a bunch of pictures with some filter that made all the pictures look like faded 80s photos (complete with 'over exposed spot' in the corner). I almost yelled at her for it; she and her husband looked great, except then the photos looked like shiat because of the filter.

Record your memories as they ARE, not so you can pretend to be nostalgic because of the photo's appearance. Digital photography is an amazing advancement in part because as long as the file doesn't get corrupted, the pictures don't age.

/end rant
 
2013-04-28 01:16:04 PM  
Instagram is where I post photos of my cat.

/#catstagram
 
2013-04-28 01:39:15 PM  
Instagram is the paint by numbers of photography
 
2013-04-28 01:47:17 PM  
I am sick of seeing Instagrammed photos on Facebook. It's all washed-out, colorless horsecrap, but every photo still let's the user sit back and think "I'm original! I'm artsy! I 'get' old-school photography!" despite the entire concept being "take a photo with your brand-new digital camera, then feed it into a computer program and pick one of four different filters."

Most egregious waste of computer processing power was a picture posted by my cousin of her and her Marine fiancee. I knew for a fact that her dress was supposed to be a bright, almost electric, blue, and that her fiancee's dress blues bore two gold chevrons on the sleeve. Instead, her dress was pink, and the gold chevrons were green.

/She wants to be a hairstylist
//She goes to school at a for-profit beauty school
///She's an idiot
////Her parents must be so proud
 
2013-04-28 01:53:42 PM  
I didn't spend money on lenses and gear so that some twat could use a stupid filter on the pictures that they begged me to send them.  Jerks.
 
2013-04-28 02:00:55 PM  
I'm having trouble understanding how a half-assed Photoshop filter is worth a billion dollars. If it was, Adobe could have charged 3 times as much for their already-expensive product by now. And its ability to allow you to share your images with social media? Weren't we already doing that long before it showed up? I can't argue financial decisions with people who've made billions, but it just seems like someone got conned out of a lot of money for something that doesn't amount to much.
 
2013-04-28 02:04:34 PM  

lookandsee: I'm having trouble understanding how a half-assed Photoshop filter is worth a billion dollars. If it was, Adobe could have charged 3 times as much for their already-expensive product by now. And its ability to allow you to share your images with social media? Weren't we already doing that long before it showed up? I can't argue financial decisions with people who've made billions, but it just seems like someone got conned out of a lot of money for something that doesn't amount to much.


It puts all of those features in one spot, and allows you to take your photo, add the filter, and post it to social media without having to go through three different programs to get there.  You push a few buttons and BAM! some Farker's panties are in a twist for no reason whatsoever.
 
2013-04-28 02:18:08 PM  
I like Instagram. I don't like Dr. Who, beer, or sriacha. Yet somehow we all manage to breathe the same air and survive.
 
2013-04-28 02:27:17 PM  

Anne.Uumellmahaye: I like Instagram. I don't like Dr. Who, beer, or sriacha. Yet somehow we all manage to breathe the same air and survive.


...Big ass nose, breathing all the studman69's air...
 
2013-04-28 02:27:33 PM  
Your cell phone pic is shiat to begin with. It starts as a shiatty underexposed pic taken through a scratched and scuffed plastic lens.  You cannot polish this turd... but you can spray-paint it and cover it in glitter. Then you can act like you meant to produce a shiatty filtered, rendered lo-fi pic all along.
 
2013-04-28 02:30:01 PM  
So buy digital camera. take crisp clear digital picture, make it look old fuzzy and washed out?
 
2013-04-28 02:51:29 PM  
It's funny how some of the odd things people do online today are considered socially normal.  Even ten years ago, if a friend of yours had come breathlessly running up to you and handed you a picture of what they had for lunch that day; the reaction might have been:

a) So what?
b) Why are you showing me this?
c) Get the fark away from me weirdo
d) all of the above
 
2013-04-28 02:55:18 PM  

Tatsuma: I don't get Instagram. Or Tumblr for that matter.


Like many things invented by man, Tumblr is for categorizing and organizing porn.
 
2013-04-28 02:57:32 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: Tatsuma: I don't get Instagram. Or Tumblr for that matter.

Like many things invented by man, Tumblr is for categorizing and organizing porn.


I don't understand people who own, keep, and organize porn.  It's streaming, for free, and there's more of it than I have wanks in me.
 
2013-04-28 03:03:07 PM  

Tatsuma: I don't get Instagram. Or Tumblr for that matter.


Instagram is a convenient way for people to take photos using their phones, and instantly post those photos to Facebook and Twitter with various tags. Most people would eventually download the photos and then upload them to Facebook -- or transfer it in some number of steps -- so this service essentially acts a vehicle for facilitating that into a single step. In business terms, this vehicle creates a huge database of information (tags, people, location, etc.) that users happily (and perhaps obliviously) share with the company -- and can be used for targeted advertising -- which is why it sold for $700M or whatever.
 
2013-04-28 03:07:46 PM  
I personally have no problem with whatever it is people do on these social sharing type sites.  I waste time trolling on Fark and various other sites where I convince myself I'm clever (but everyone else disagrees).  It's not really any different than someone who takes pictures of their lunch and uploads it to some website with fancy washed out effect filters applied.

What I find infinitely more amusing is the reaction of other people (specifically photographers) who rage at them for it.  I've got two University educated/trained photographers on my Facebook and I swear, not three weeks will go by, without one of them raging against people or software that (at least to the untrained eye) replaces them.

"OMG - So sick of this XYZ crap.  Everyone with a damn iPhone thinks they can do *MY* job...."
 
2013-04-28 03:18:16 PM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: What I find infinitely more amusing is the reaction of other people (specifically photographers) who rage at them for it. I've got two University educated/trained photographers on my Facebook and I swear, not three weeks will go by, without one of them raging against people or software that (at least to the untrained eye) replaces them.

"OMG - So sick of this XYZ crap. Everyone with a damn iPhone thinks they can do *MY* job...."


Maybe people would treat them with more respect if they didn't insist on charging $2000 for a weekend's work.
 
2013-04-28 03:35:23 PM  

DeltaPunch: Instagram is a convenient way for people to take photos using their phones, and instantly post those photos to Facebook and Twitter with various tags. Most people would eventually download the photos and then upload them to Facebook -- or transfer it in some number of steps -- so this service essentially acts a vehicle for facilitating that into a single step. In business terms, this vehicle creates a huge database of information (tags, people, location, etc.) that users happily (and perhaps obliviously) share with the company -- and can be used for targeted advertising -- which is why it sold for $700M or whatever.


So... why do they need a separate website if it's just to upload them to those two services?

God-is-a-Taco: Like many things invented by man, Tumblr is for categorizing and organizing porn.


I thought it was livejournal 2.0 for 14 year old girls
 
2013-04-28 04:03:13 PM  

Tatsuma: God-is-a-Taco: Like many things invented by man, Tumblr is for categorizing and organizing porn.

I thought it was livejournal 2.0 for 14 year old girls


Nope. Pretty much just porn.
 
2013-04-28 04:11:12 PM  

Tatsuma: I don't get Instagram. Or Tumblr for that matter.


That really says a lot about you, tats.
 
2013-04-28 04:21:25 PM  

Tatsuma: God-is-a-Taco: Like many things invented by man, Tumblr is for categorizing and organizing porn.

I thought it was livejournal 2.0 for 14 year old girls


Like he said-- porn.
 
2013-04-28 04:22:20 PM  
img546.imageshack.us
 
2013-04-28 04:44:49 PM  

maram500: I am sick of seeing Instagrammed photos on Facebook. It's all washed-out, colorless horsecrap, but every photo still let's the user sit back and think "I'm original! I'm artsy! I 'get' old-school photography!" despite the entire concept being "take a photo with your brand-new digital camera, then feed it into a computer program and pick one of four different filters."

Most egregious waste of computer processing power was a picture posted by my cousin of her and her Marine fiancee. I knew for a fact that her dress was supposed to be a bright, almost electric, blue, and that her fiancee's dress blues bore two gold chevrons on the sleeve. Instead, her dress was pink, and the gold chevrons were green.

/She wants to be a hairstylist
//She goes to school at a for-profit beauty school
///She's an idiot
////Her parents must be so proud


I read this with "Beauty School Dropout" playing in my head.
 
2013-04-28 04:54:05 PM  

Tatsuma: So... why do they need a separate website if it's just to upload them to those two services?


It's an app that you use from your phone, yes, but you can pick and choose which images to upload at a later point in time, add the tags, select the social media, etc., from your account on the website. Although you can instantly share everything to other places like Facebook, it's all stored on and made accessible from their own servers. Hence the website.
 
2013-04-28 05:00:44 PM  
Fwiw, I am a photographer, and while I don't care if other people enjoy instagram, I think it looks like hack manneristic crap. I do think that snapchat is my favorite app for a cell phone in that it gives a cell phone pic all of the importance it deserves. About ten seconds.
 
2013-04-28 05:04:35 PM  

thamike: God-is-a-Taco: Tatsuma: I don't get Instagram. Or Tumblr for that matter.

Like many things invented by man, Tumblr is for categorizing and organizing porn.

I don't understand people who own, keep, and organize porn.  It's streaming, for free, and there's more of it than I have wanks in me.


That's why you use tumblr. Other people do it for you, or you can share it with like-minded people and so on.
It's the natural evolution of humanity.

Also fetishes and other stuff that isn't available from "naked chicks" GIS.
 
2013-04-28 05:18:33 PM  
I supposed I'm an internet traditionalist... first got on usenet in 1992. (So I'm old and dead in internet land.)
I don't understand the point of Instagram, Tumblr, foursquare, or twitter.
They all seem to be a solution in search of a problem.
 
2013-04-28 05:59:11 PM  

bikerwalla: Your cell phone pic is shiat to begin with. It starts as a shiatty underexposed pic taken through a scratched and scuffed plastic lens.  You cannot polish this turd... but you can spray-paint it and cover it in glitter. Then you can act like you meant to produce a shiatty filtered, rendered lo-fi pic all along.


You are buying the wrong cell phones. My Lumia 920 has a 5-element glass lens made by Carl Zeiss, optical image stabilization, and Scalado image processing algorithms. It's not DSLR quality, but it can hang with most decent quality point and shoot cameras. It was only $100 with contract and came with a free wireless charger, so it is not like it was am expensive phone either.

Of course, Instagram doesn't have an app for Windows Phone, so I can't ruin my pics with their app even if I wanted.
 
2013-04-28 06:53:04 PM  

itsfullofstars: Instagram's biggest fault is that it perpetuates the myth than there is only one way to be creative ... and that people care to see photos of your food.


This. If it was fascinating, unusual food from far-flung corners of the globe, that would be one thing; but why are people Instagramming shots of their burger from the stand down the block?
 
2013-04-28 07:01:35 PM  

Gyrfalcon: itsfullofstars: Instagram's biggest fault is that it perpetuates the myth than there is only one way to be creative ... and that people care to see photos of your food.

This. If it was fascinating, unusual food from far-flung corners of the globe, that would be one thing; but why are people Instagramming shots of their burger from the stand down the block?


Because they are bored, attention whores, or both.
 
2013-04-28 07:26:18 PM  

Gyrfalcon: itsfullofstars: Instagram's biggest fault is that it perpetuates the myth than there is only one way to be creative ... and that people care to see photos of your food.

This. If it was fascinating, unusual food from far-flung corners of the globe, that would be one thing; but why are people Instagramming shots of their burger from the stand down the block?


To me the beauty of facebook is that your friends do not have to look at your instagram pictures (or any other post for that matter).  So I have no problem when my friends post pics of their dinner.  If I am interested I will click on them.  If not, I will not.
 
2013-04-28 08:23:16 PM  

Tatsuma: DeltaPunch: Instagram is a convenient way for people to take photos using their phones, and instantly post those photos to Facebook and Twitter with various tags. Most people would eventually download the photos and then upload them to Facebook -- or transfer it in some number of steps -- so this service essentially acts a vehicle for facilitating that into a single step. In business terms, this vehicle creates a huge database of information (tags, people, location, etc.) that users happily (and perhaps obliviously) share with the company -- and can be used for targeted advertising -- which is why it sold for $700M or whatever.

So... why do they need a separate website if it's just to upload them to those two services?


Because you can't take photos with Facebook or Twitter apps. It's not even really a Web site, it's an app that you take photos with, and then click the buttons to send them wherever you want (or leave them on Instagram itself, since you can also follow people on there, but I don't bother so much with the feed since most people bounce the photos to Facebook anyway.)  *shrug* I like using it.
 
2013-04-28 08:48:40 PM  
Adding a shiatty filter to a good photo only detracts from it.
Adding a shiatty filter to a bad photo doesn't make it not bad.
 
2013-04-29 06:54:26 AM  

Tatsuma: I don't get Instagram. Or Tumblr for that matter.


Are they blocked by your ISP? You should try Instagram. It's a system of archaic rules applied to modern life by people who think themselves superior. I think you'd like it.
 
2013-04-29 11:01:49 AM  

Tatsuma: I thought it was livejournal 2.0 for 14 year old girls


That's what I thought as well.   Very self-absorbed, shallow 14 year old girls at that.  All they take pics of are themselves and their pathetic lives.  And they're too damn stooopid to even use their phone's front-facing camera, so they have to take pics in mirrors all the time.  These are probably the same people who haven't figured out to turn the phone to landscape orientation when taking videos.
 
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