At any tourist spot, restaurant, or concert nowadays, you’re bound to witness a sea of smartphones & selfie sticks. Everyday, millions of photos are captured and posted to social media of the same mundane scenes, the majority of which will never be seen by more than a handful of people. And why?
In her seminal tome, On Photography, Susan Sontag wrote, “Photographs furnish evidence…a photograph passes for incontrovertible proof that a given thing happened.” That seemingly meaningless photo posted online acts as social proof in a way that tweeting your presence does not; even if the photo is indiscernible.
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