Has It Come To This?

Have you seen that iPhone commercial about a bunch of people taking random pictures? I suppose it’s meant to justify the massive overuse of people snapping quick shots of their food or finding a shitty looking building exterior and calling it cool, rustic art. I’m sorry, that wall isn’t shabby chic, it’s fucking gross and needs more paint than what’s on your face.

And for this reason, the following picture is worth a thousand words rather than a thousand instagrams.

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I know what you’re thinking, those totally aren’t smart phones, therefore, this cartoon is invalid. But I’d like to say NAH-UH, because this cartoon has a rather frightening commentary on our photo obsessed present, no?

I’d like to give humanity the benefit of the doubt and assume if someone was drowning just off shore, there would be more people running in to try and help than there would be people taking a video of it or trying to post the picture to Facebook – all before the helpless victim even has a chance to contemplate death.

I don’t even know what it’s like to have the capability to think past the panic of “Oh my God, that person is seriously dying” and shift swiftly into “Oh my God, I have to get this on camera.” What’s that say about us these days? What we lack in proactivity, we clearly make up for in inactivity. We’re doing something, just not really the right thing. Why bother taking a picture of your food if you’re not going to tell me how to fucking make it? Thanks for angering my appetite. I hate you.

It almost seems like the person being saved from drowning and the hero(es) who saved said person are being overshadowed by the person capturing it all on camera. People want the picture of a picture. But try that on your television and tell me you don’t immediately get a headache.

What a wonderful topic for a Monday, amiright? Screenshot this and share it.

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One thought on “Has It Come To This?

  1. Law school loves to f with your mind. Their favorite questions center on what you’re commenting on only the legal defense is you are more protected doing nothing than if you try and rescue and somehow make the situation worse. Further, the act of taking pictures could end up giving vital evidence to authorities to figure out what happened (e.g. In the event foul play was at issue).

    I’m not saying it’s morally right as it is apprehensive behavior and a sad argument but as your legal friend you know I like giving different perspectives 🙂

    Also, I failed the bar twice, my tutor said “Megan, let more people die in multiple choice a d you’ll pass!” …you know what happened the 3rd time I took it hahh

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