WBEZ | Instagram http://www.wbez.org/tags/instagram Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Instagram: the new political war room? http://www.wbez.org/news/instagram-new-political-war-room-112817 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/jebtrumpap.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>For some time now, Donald Trump has been attacking Jeb Bush, mostly in media appearances or on Twitter. But, over the last few weeks, Trump has been using Instagram in his fight.</p><p>Trump has been posting campaign-style short videos to his Instagram feed, attacking Bush&#39;s record of support for the Iraq War and even posting a video of Jeb&#39;s mother, Barbara, urging him not to run for president:</p><div id="res437087946"><iframe allowtransparency="true" class="instagram-media instagram-media-rendered" data-instgrm-payload-id="instagram-media-payload-0" frameborder="0" height="763" id="instagram-embed-0" scrolling="no" src="https://instagram.com/p/6xi2dEGhfn/embed/captioned/?v=4" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 1px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; border-style: initial; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; max-width: 658px; width: calc(100% - 2px); border-radius: 4px; box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.498039) 0px 0px 1px 0px, rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.14902) 0px 1px 10px 0px; display: block; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"></iframe></div><p>The attacks on Instagram stand out, because for the most part, national politicians don&#39;t use Instagram for attacks. The Instagram pages of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and, until recently, Jeb Bush, among so many others, are usually full of politicians in the act of being friendly politicians and &quot;real people&quot;; just take a look at New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker&#39;s feed, where he&#39;s documenting his latest diet.</p><p>Before Trump, Instagram &mdash; for politicians at least &mdash; was a place mostly free of outright vitriol. And it seemed for a while at least, that Trump would be an outlier in his use of Instagram for attack ads.</p><p>But on Tuesday, Bush used Instagram to post a video hitting back at Trump, with Trump wondering aloud why he is a Republican:</p><div id="res437090565"><iframe allowtransparency="true" class="instagram-media instagram-media-rendered" data-instgrm-payload-id="instagram-media-payload-1" frameborder="0" height="763" id="instagram-embed-1" scrolling="no" src="https://instagram.com/p/7FvjnLwEfz/embed/captioned/?v=4" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 1px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; border-style: initial; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; max-width: 658px; width: calc(100% - 2px); border-radius: 4px; box-shadow: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.498039) 0px 0px 1px 0px, rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.14902) 0px 1px 10px 0px; display: block; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"></iframe></div><p>That video was a short clip of a longer, 80-second video Bush&#39;s campaign released Tuesday, titled &quot;The Real Donald Trump.&quot; It pulled in archival footage of previous Trump media appearances, showing Trump calling himself &quot;pro-choice in every respect,&quot; supporting a single-payer healthcare system &mdash; saying it worked well in Scotland and Canada &mdash; suggesting that a 25 percent tax for high-income people &quot;should be raised substantially,&quot; and singing the praises of Democratic contender Hillary Clinton, calling her &quot;a terrific woman.&quot;</p><p>That video ended with a money quote: Trump saying to a reporter, &quot;Well you&#39;d be shocked if I said that in many cases I probably identify more as a Democrat.&quot;</p><p>Right before that Instagram teaser video on Trump, Bush posted a photo of a copy of the New York Times signed by Trump, calling former Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi &quot;the greatest.&quot;</p><p>After Bush posted his attack video on Trump, Trump responded with another Instagram video, comparing Bush to Clinton, complete with Mr. Bean-style music playing in the background.</p><p>Together, those two posts stand in stark contrast to Bush&#39;s previous Instragram persona &mdash; his last several posts included a group picture after a run with Navy veterans, candid shots of Bush talking with potential voters during campaign stops and even one of him wearing an apron near a grill at the Iowa State Fair.</p><p>Is this the new normal? Can political fights take place in any space now?</p><p>Maybe so. Political squabbles have already gotten a bit nastier &mdash; and more sophisticated, with graphics and the like &mdash; on Twitter this campaign season. Earlier this month, Hillary Clinton and Bush had what&nbsp;Wired&nbsp;magazine called &quot;An Epic Photoshop Fight On Twitter.&quot; Here are the tweets in question, in case you forgot:</p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><div id="res437085489"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en" style="text-align: center;">Cost won&#39;t be a barrier to an education. Debt won&#39;t hold you back. Read Hillary&#39;s plan: <a href="http://t.co/A4pWb3fOf4">http://t.co/A4pWb3fOf4</a> <a href="http://t.co/KVyr8SlSVn">pic.twitter.com/KVyr8SlSVn</a></p></blockquote><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" style="text-align: center;">&mdash; Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) <a href="https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton/status/630809548459220992">August 10, 2015</a></blockquote><p style="text-align: center;"><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p></div><div><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="und" style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton">@HillaryClinton</a> <a href="http://t.co/m6LAHYCLok">pic.twitter.com/m6LAHYCLok</a></p></blockquote><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" style="text-align: center;">&mdash; Jeb Bush (@JebBush) <a href="https://twitter.com/JebBush/status/630847558047375360">August 10, 2015</a></blockquote><p style="text-align: center;"><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en" style="text-align: center;">.<a href="https://twitter.com/JebBush">@JebBush</a> Fixed it for you. <a href="http://t.co/d4q9EWpXCA">pic.twitter.com/d4q9EWpXCA</a></p></blockquote><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" style="text-align: center;">&mdash; Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) <a href="https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton/status/630889514618195968">August 10, 2015</a></blockquote><p style="text-align: center;"><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en" style="text-align: center;">.<a href="https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton">@HillaryClinton</a> fixed your logo for you. <a href="http://t.co/141nXHQe4Z">pic.twitter.com/141nXHQe4Z</a></p></blockquote><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" style="text-align: center;">&mdash; Jeb Bush (@JebBush) <a href="https://twitter.com/JebBush/status/630924074605223937">August 11, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>It&#39;s a far cry from even the 2012 election, when perhaps the most iconic Twitter image that season was of Michelle Obama hugging her husband after he won re-election.</p><p>But how much of this new social media combativeness can be pinned on Trump?</p><p><a href="https://smpa.gwu.edu/kerric-harvey">Kerric Harvey</a>, associate professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University, and editor of the&nbsp;Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics&nbsp;said it&#39;s complicated. Though, one thing is certain: Donald Trump lives for battles like these.</p><p>&quot;I think he&#39;s combative when he makes his grocery list,&quot; she told NPR. &quot;It&#39;s just his personality.&quot;</p><p>But, Harvey notes, Instagram becoming a space for political fights is just the latest example of the changing nature of all things Internet.</p><p>&quot;Every single technology that starts out with one kind of organizational culture to it, some kind of virtual code of conduct and worldview,&quot; Harvey said. But she notes, &quot;It never remains the way it began. It always morphs.&quot;</p><p>She pointed to a few examples, namely, the Internet itself. &quot;The Internet&#39;s life divides at about 1995, 1996, when it stopped being a way around paying long-distance charges &mdash; and for a small group of people &mdash; a very serious tool for sharing specific projects.&quot;</p><p>&quot;[Around] 1995, &#39;96 the Feds let the Internet go public,&quot; Harvey said. &quot;And a lot of things changed. Before that time, you got flamed if you mentioned anything about commerce on the Internet. ... It was an aggressively non-commercial medium. It was incompletely unacceptable to talk about commerce, let alone sell something.&quot;</p><p>And now the Internet is a commercial beast, full of online marketplaces and big-budget ad sales.</p><p>Harvey said Twitter is another example of a medium that has seen its purpose changing over time.</p><p>&quot;Twitter went from being notes people passed to each other in conferences, to being an electronic, multifaceted billboard,&quot; she said. &quot;First you knew people in real life. ... Now, Twitter is just another way of shouting.&quot;</p><p>Harvey added that all these media are demonstrating the same basic pattern.</p><p>&quot;All these models have moved away from a really personalized form of social media to social media as a public vehicle for public discussion,&quot; she said, &quot;and that included political discourse.&quot;</p><p>That holds for Instagram, which for national politicians at least, has moved from the app you used to share photos of your food with good friends, to a new forum for political attack videos.</p><p>And even if Trump didn&#39;t start that wave, Harvey said he&#39;s well-fit to ride it for a while.</p><p>&quot;He&#39;s in some ways perfect for social media,&quot; Harvey said, &quot;because there&#39;s so much clamor in the background, there&#39;s so much going on, that to win is not to necessarily persuade, or to communicate, or listen, it is to literally get attention.&quot;</p><p>Harvey added that, right now, in the world of social media, everyone&#39;s trying to do that.</p><p>&quot;My vision of where we are in politics, and culture, kind of as a world culture, is, imagine if you could go into a bat cave,&quot; Harvey said. &quot;And you could flip a switch and hear what&#39;s going on. That&#39;s what it&#39;s like for us, and we don&#39;t realize it. What we&#39;re doing as a species is screaming at the top of our lungs while we hurtle through the dark trying to find each other. That&#39;s where we are in the social media nexus, universe.&quot;</p><p>Right now at least, Donald Trump seems to be the loudest bat in the cave. And it doesn&#39;t seem like he&#39;s going to quiet down anytime soon.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&mdash; <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/09/03/436923997/instagram-the-new-political-war-room" target="_blank">NPR&#39;s It&#39;s All Politics</a></em></p></p> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 09:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/instagram-new-political-war-room-112817 What I See: Community Veterans Memorial http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/what-i-see-community-veterans-memorial-107379 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Screen Shot 2013-05-27 at 3.21.58 PM.png" alt="" /><p><p><img class="alwaysThinglink" src="//cdn.thinglink.me/api/image/395596685813743618/1024/10/scaletowidth#tl-395596685813743618;626328886" width="600" /><script async charset="utf-8" src="//cdn.thinglink.me/jse/embed.js"></script></p><p>The Edward P. Robinson Community Veterans Memorial is a six-and-a-half-acre park located in Munster, Indiana. The park features life-size momuments marking World War I, World War II&#39;s European theater as well as the Pacific theater and the homefront, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf.</p><p>Etched bricks line the walkway depicting a historical narrative of major historical events along which the powerful images of warfare are displayed.</p><p>The Memorial&#39;s stated mission is as follows:</p><p><strong>To honor and remember veterans of foriegn wars and those currently serving</strong></p><p><strong>To educate future generations about how veterans fought to preserve our freedoms</strong></p><p><strong>To challenge our societies to break the cycle of war and abolish propensity for history to repeate itself</strong></p><p>Where: 9710 Calumet Ave. Munster, Indiana</p><p>When: Open dawn to dusk, weather permitting</p><p>Admission: Free</p><p>Website:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.communityveteransmemorial.org/">communityveteransmemorial.org</a></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/takimoff" rel="author">Tim Akimoff</a> is the digital content editor at WBEZ. Follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/timakimoff">Twitter</a>.</p></p> Mon, 27 May 2013 15:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/what-i-see-community-veterans-memorial-107379 In the age of social networking, there's no such thing as privacy http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-05/age-social-networking-theres-no-such-thing-privacy-107021 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/110207_zuckerberg_facbook_ap_328.jpg" title="File: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (Paul Sakuma/AP)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">Surprise, surprise: Millenials are more willing than any other generation to share personal information online.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">According to a <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/04/21/millennials-personal-info-online/2087989/" target="_blank">new survey</a> from the University of California&#39;s Center for the Digital Future, Millenials, ages 18-34, were more likely to share their location in order to receive coupons from nearby businesses: 56 percent vs. 42 percent of those 35 and over. More than half of the Millenials surveyed also said that they would share private information with a company if they got something in return.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">This push for active participation in social media may seem harmless at first, until you look at the bigger picture and cringe at the Orwellian nature of it all.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">For example, have you ever bought a product at your favorite store, and then saw an advertisement for a similar product pop up on your Facebook sidebar just moments later? Cue the Big Brother shiver up your spine: <a href="http://adage.com/article/digital/facebook-partner-acxiom-epsilon-match-store-purchases-user-profiles/239967/" target="_blank">that&#39;s no coincidence</a>.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Everything that we post to our personal websites can be tracked, and the Internet is always watching. Whether we admit to ourselves or not, and whether we like it or not, we live in a <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/16/opinion/schneier-internet-surveillance" target="_blank">surveillance state</a> that is growing more efficient and eerily omniscient by the day.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon rule the Web; and consequently, have delved deeper into our private lives and personal interactions than ever before. Apple tracks us on or iPhones and iPads. Google tracks us on every page that it has access to, and Facebook does the same, even following&nbsp;<a href="http://www.firstpost.com/tech/facebook-finally-admits-to-tracking-non-users-133684.html" target="_blank">non-Facebook users</a> in their pursuit of prime marketing data. One reporter used a tool called Collusion to track who was tracking him, and discovered that <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/02/im-being-followed-how-google-151-and-104-other-companies-151-are-tracking-me-on-the-web/253758/" target="_blank">105 companies tracked his Internet use</a> in one 36-hour period.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sometimes we fight back, like when Instagram proposed <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/19/technology/facebook-responds-to-anger-over-proposed-instagram-changes.html?_r=0" target="_blank">giving advertisers free reign over all posted photos</a> and then backed down when users threatened to boycott. Sometimes the Internet giants admit their wrongdoing, like when Google apologized (after being slapped with a $7M fine, of course) for &quot;<a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/13/google-hit-7m-fine-scooping-email-passwords-medica/" target="_blank">data-scooping</a>&quot; personal information from zillions of unencrypted databases.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">But the truth is, these highly-sophisticated apps and websites thrive on monitering our every move, and we may be powerless to stop them. If the <a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/technology-and-liberty-national-security/surveillance-and-security-lessons-petraeus-scandal" target="_blank">director of the CIA</a> can&#39;t maintain his privacy on the Internet, then what hope is there for the rest of us?</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p>Consider the <a href="http://blog.hostgator.com/2013/04/23/1984-in-2013-privacy-the-internet/" target="_blank">major data breaches</a> of networking sites in 2012 alone:&nbsp;</p><ul><li>LinkedIn: 6.5 million passwords stolen</li><li>Yahoo: 400,000 passwords stolen</li><li>Global Payments: 1.5 million customers&#39; credit card numbers and PINs exposed</li></ul><p>Facebook experienced yet another <a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/15/facebook-admits-it-was-hacked/" target="_blank">privacy breach</a> in February, two weeks after Twitter made a <a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/01/twitter-hacked-data-for-250000-users-stolen/" target="_blank">similar admission</a>. Also, users have been <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/quitting-facebook/story?id=18668978&amp;page=2#.UYdPqZUlbFJ" target="_blank">quitting Facebook in record numbers</a>&nbsp;for months now. Perhaps people are finally catching on to the &quot;privacy paradox&quot; and deciding to forgo social media altogether, although the more likely scenario is that this decline is only temporary.&nbsp;</p><p>Statistics prove that most of these Facebook users will <a href="http://mashable.com/2013/02/05/facebook-break-study/" target="_blank">likely return</a>&nbsp;(because, sadly, nearly 40 percent of Americans <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/social-media-addiction-based-fear-missing-143357943.html" target="_blank">would rather have a root canal</a>&nbsp;than give up their social networking profiles for good) so where does that leave us? We can combine forces to change the pervasive nature of the Internet, or we can look inward and start by changing ourselves.</p><p>If we really want our private lives to remain private, then we can&#39;t give up without a fight.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. She still uses&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, but has given<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/1/4279674/im-still-here-back-online-after-a-year-without-the-internet" target="_blank"> a year without Internet</a> some serious thought.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Mon, 06 May 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-05/age-social-networking-theres-no-such-thing-privacy-107021 Picture or it didn't happen http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-04/picture-or-it-didnt-happen-106640 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP195640861850.jpg" style="float: right; height: 200px; width: 300px;" title="File: Fans at an Ellie Goulding concert use cell phones to capture the event. (AP/File)" />Art punk trio the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been posting <a href="http://gawker.com/5994047/yeah-yeah-yeahs-post-sadly-necessary-sign-asking-fans-not-to-watch-their-show-through-a-smartphone-screen" target="_blank">this sign</a> at venues on their current tour: a polite reminder for fans to enjoy their shows without a &quot;I must take a million blurry pictures/horrible sound quality videos to prove that I was here!&quot; mentality.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Please do not watch the show through a screen on your smart device/camera,&quot; the sign reads, &quot;PUT THAT [BLEEP] AWAY as a courtesy to the people behind you and to Nick, Karen and Brian.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Understandably, the band has a zero tolerance policy for looking out at the audience and seeing a constellation of iPhones glowing back at them.&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image ">I will be the first to admit that I&#39;ve been guilty of this behavior. I&#39;ve snapped photos during shows for St. Vincent and Ty Segall, compelled to somehow immortalize the experience of seeing my musical idols in the flesh. I&#39;ve also developed a fondness for photo-sharing other aspects of my life, like the best cocktail I&#39;ve ever tasted or a new book that I can&#39;t wait to read. And I&#39;m not alone in what appears to be a <a href="http://www.generationalinsights.com/tag/generation-y-millennials/page/2/" target="_blank">millennial-specific</a>&nbsp;compulsion to photo-document even the tiniest minutiae, as the mobile app Instagram just topped <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/26/instagram-100-million/" target="_blank">100 million</a> monthly users this year.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">My generation came of age with Facebook, then mobile photo-sharing on a mass scale. We&#39;ve become a society of instant clickers, wracked with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.generationalinsights.com/tag/generation-y-millennials/page/2/" target="_blank">extreme anxiety</a> when parted from our electronic devices and a constant <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/03/20/social-media-anxiety-sites-like-facebook-twitter-stressing-teens-out/" target="_blank">needling desire</a> to prove our worth through social media. We ask ourselves, &quot;If I don&#39;t take a picture of this event, will my friends believe that I was there?&quot; With the rise of <a href="http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/tech-addiction/" target="_blank">tech addiction</a>&nbsp;and smartphone cameras literally right at our fingertips, the answer to that question is usually <a href="http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/pics-or-it-didnt-happen" target="_blank">no</a>.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papal_conclave,_2013" target="_blank">papal conclave </a>on March 12 was a glaring example of this phenomemon. Past popes (including Pope Benedict XVI in 2005) have been greeted with a smattering of camera flashes; but when the newly-elected Pope Francis appeared on the balcony of St. Peter&#39;s Basilica, almost everyone in the crowd raised their glittering smartphones and tablets in response.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">As the world&#39;s obsession with technology grows, so does our reliance on instant gratification and the gnawing impulse to photo-capture every moment. Facebook, Twitter and now Instagram have made <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-01-31/features/ct-tribu-social-media-oversharing-20130131_1_social-media-tweet-or-post-online-boundaries" target="_blank">oversharing</a> easier than ever before, and &quot;keeping up with the Joneses&quot; through social media&nbsp;even more stressful.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">According to the <a href="http://www.generationalinsights.com/tag/generation-y-millennials/page/2/" target="_blank">Pew study</a> of millennials, 40 percent of young people surveyed feel like they &quot;can&#39;t live&quot; without their smartphones. However, our parents did just fine without them, and perhaps had even better memories of their good times as a result of being 100 percent unplugged.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Can you imagine the Beatles playing to a sea of iPhones, or a Woodstock audience glued to their Twitter feeds? Back then, concert-goers could experience music in the moment, allowing the songs to wash over them completely, and never once think about which Instagram filter they should use to prove how cool they were for being there.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">To the compulsive photo-sharers: cutting back is key. Take one quick shot if you absolutely must, then sit back and enjoy whatever experience that you&#39;re supposed to be having. Pictures may last forever, but real-life moments are gone in a flash; so try really<em> living</em> them for a change, without the superficial barrier of your camera phone getting in the way. &nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. Follow her on Twitter&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">@leahkpickett</a>.</em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-04/picture-or-it-didnt-happen-106640 A picture’s worth a thousand words, but one photo app is worth a billion bucks http://www.wbez.org/picture%E2%80%99s-worth-thousand-words-one-photo-app-worth-billion-bucks-98102 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/7064316677_28962054d0_z.jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px; height: 300px;" title="(Flickr/Karl Nilsson)">On Monday, in a move that might seem a little out of focus to some, the social networking giant Facebook announced that it was snatching up the popular photo app Instagram for a cool $1 billion in cash and stock.</p><p>Instagram has grown seemingly exponentially in recent months, and found its way onto more than 30-million iPhones and iPads. And just last week, it made its app available on the Android market – a move that could blow the doors out on its potential for growth. But even with its track record, and the possibilities still that still lie ahead, is Instagram worth all that bank?</p><p>Plus, there’s another social network on the rise. A recent report lists Pinterest as the third largest social network. Some have called it "Twitter with pictures," but it’s more of a virtual pinboard with a social intent. But who’s using it, and what’s its potential?</p><p><a href="http://arstechnica.com">Ars Technica</a>’s Social Editor Cesar Torres joins us to help us wade through what’s hot and what’s hype.</p><p>And, speaking of “hot”:&nbsp; another technology-fueled fast-tracker is crime-related. City slickers have seen a big increase in the thefts of their smartphones. Major cities across the country report that the theft of smartphones and other wireless devices accounts for some 30 to 40 percent of all robberies. In an effort to make these devices less attractive to would-be thieves, mobile providers, police departments and the Federal Communications Commission are teaming up to permanently cancel the minutes on any stolen smartphone. We'll debate the merits of this initiative as well.</p></p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:41:02 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/picture%E2%80%99s-worth-thousand-words-one-photo-app-worth-billion-bucks-98102