September 7, 2012

VIEWS: The Progression of Porn

I wonder how the Internet will be seen historically; how it will take its place in the grand story of humans communicating and connecting. From my perspective, it is a complete game-changer. We now have the ability to reach out to untold numbers of complete strangers, share our thoughts, our creativity, our news, impulses, joys and sorrows.

I probably spend two hours a day "cruising the net", enjoying the view, poking into shops and generally looking for signs of intelligence from the barrage of mediocrity. For now, it's an open forum and almost everything goes. The fact that the #1 use of the Internet is pornography is telling - it smacks of the jubilant behaviour which accompanies liberation from repression. Were we that repressed? Or are we just that moronic when it comes to our sexuality? Big question, no answer.

In the meantime, though, I'm thrilled to be part of this communications revolution, and happy to comb through the rubble for gems. Here are two exciting forms of evolved inspiration that I want to share with you.

The first is a photo essay by creator Aaron V. Elkaim, telling the story of a young man who rushes to the scene of a fire in his grandparent's cottage, only to find the powerful poignancy of memories. It's a stunning combination of words, images, music and emotions.  Click on the link and enjoy; you'll be glad you did.

The second is a BBC news report about the tragic shooting of an entire family in France, which takes the Q&A format that most of us enjoy and understand, and applies it to a news story. I think this is a brilliant way to establish facts, acknowledge the reader, and organize the information. It's simple, effective and straightforward. As a news model, I applaud it.

PS - If the post heading drew you in and raised different expectations, well... sorry! 

1 comment:

  1. yes the title certainly pulls you in.....i love the first photo essay - this was amazing...love the photography and story, wow.....the second was disturbing - but yes interesting that they did a Q&A format. Thanks for sharing

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