Seen but diluted

A picture of a picture of a picture. Image via (Patrick Tomasso)

The proliferation of images undermines our ability to pay attention to any single one. So we keep skimming, scrolling, consuming more and understanding less; all the while contributing to the chaos to avoid missing out.

On top of this, all Instagram images tend to look the same. It’s easier to conform to selfies, food porn, and minimalism than it is to stand out in the shadows of weird.

But even the well-choreographed, well-edited National Geographic photos lose their value. Our eyeballs are too tired to give particular attention to the images that deserve a closer look.

“We have come to a point in society where we are all taking too many photos and spending very little time looking at them.” – Om Malik

The medium taints the message. Internet consumption dulls the senses. We are suffering from excess, the nearest click, and certain closeness.

Perhaps Huxley was right: we’re so inundated with screens that we forget about books and ignore the political corruption around us.

We can forget the algorithmic filter that promises to save time by showing us the best stuff. We’re already lost, and in desperate need to relearn how to see.

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