This is a question I’d been meaning to ask, especially after Mark “The Cobrasnake” Hunter‘s recent profile in The L.A. Times, but after seeing Tsar as well as Juliette and The Licks last night, now is as good a time to ask: Have cameras ruined everything? (link via Stereogum):
Much has been written about the classic struggle/ symbiotic relationship between celebrities and the paparazzi. Much has recently been written about those photo sites like Last Night’s Party and The Cobrasnake and how they turn willing regular people into “celebrities”. But what about normal people who just want to go to a party and talk to other normal people without a camera being shoved in their faces? Who will speak for us? The answer is: me.
I don’t know if it’s because of the popularity of photo websites, the decline in the price of digital cameras (particularly SLRs) and the integration of cameras into portable devices like cell phones and PDAs, and/or the compelling need by many people to document every aspect of their lives, but nowadays it seems like everyone is armed with a camera.
Oh sure, when I’m at a concert for an artist I’m interested in, I’ll take photos. But the ironic thing is that when I’m at a party with friends, I usually don’t. Case in point were the recent Buzznet and Textamerica parties, where I just wanted to relax and have a good time, plus with other people taking photos around me, I felt they were covering things just fine.