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The Pursuit of Slow

Sometimes I’ll take the local train, not just because it guarantees me a seat but because I want to think and write more.

I prefer to go slow, on purpose.

Where you work is just as important how you work. Place shapes your practice and your flow.

A slower pace also applies to media consumption.

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Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends

“People are strange when you’re a stranger.” – The Doors

We’re all strangers to each other, even when we’re online. But the Internet makes us feel less fearful of talking to strangers. It’s easier to comment with an 🙂 emoji than it is to smile to a stranger in real life.

People talk to strangers in their Instagram and Twitter feeds because they feel safe behind their screens. Contrary to popular opinion, technology is causing more social interaction than isolation.

We use technology to meet strangers. Uber, AirBnb, Tinder, etc., all facilitate discourse by helping make introductions.

Digital dialogues ease the discomfort of face-to-face conversations. When it comes to real life, we’d rather remain anonymous and go on with our day.

Fear of strangers and strangeness is only weird if being non-confrontational holds you back from the people you want or need to connect with.

Want to chat? Speak up.

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Camera 1, Camera 2

Video is a stickier medium than photos. It may not generate more likes than a photo but it’s more effective at spreading awareness. If pictures speak louder than words, then videos speak photo albums.

But what about the GIF, the magical format that plays like a video but stops like a photo? The GIF loop may be more influential than a continuous playing video. GIFs made Tumblr and keep it relevant.

There’s a reason Instagram and VSCO both introduced GIF makers this month. They want to keep their users creating and sharing cool content to compete with Snapchat. Not too surprisingly, Snapchat updated its app today with slow-mo, fast-forward, and rewind video features.

Videos are the new photos, not in the sense in they’re more beautiful but that they’re more fun/challenging to make and feel fresher to look at in the feeds. They also offer more context.

For example, below is a photograph I took tonight followed by the Boomerang version of that. The Boomerang received less engagement but it tells a more compelling story. That guy is the real deal!

It fades in. Keep scrolling….↕️ #nyc

A photo posted by Wells Baum (@bombtune) on Oct 29, 2015 at 4:06pm PDT

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Buy low, stay high. | A think piece on Drip: https://drip.com/wellsbaum/posts/3911

A video posted by Wells Baum (@bombtune) on Oct 29, 2015 at 3:54pm PDT

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In conclusion, video x gifs x photos are an amalgam of dopeness. The creative challenge now is deciding which format/apps to use. I guess it depends on the story you want to tell.

Keep it interesting.

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Light up the Night

It flashes and dances off the walls. It’s a secondary source of light.

Walk outside any apartment building in the evening and look inside. The TV is still at the center of our homes.

Despite the abundance of phones and tablets, aka mini-TVs, people still favor their big screen.

TV lights up the night and helps power down the brain. It’s a lite brite of entertainment.

Just don’t expect the TV to give you bright ideas.

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Creativity Culture Life & Philosophy Social Media

Digital Graffiti

“Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head. You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.” – Banksy

Of course, Banksy was talking about street ads. But Internet ads are no different.

You should free to comment on ads in any way you wish. I use random emojis and insert the occasional quip on Instagram ads. I also call them out, such as when a marketing services firm used a Leonardo DiCaprio image from Wolf of Wall Street to promote themselves.

Does Instagram even have a creative review process? All it (re Facebook) wants to do is cut corners to make Wall Street happy.

Instagram is no longer an imaginary world.

All content is advertising. But inserting ads between beautiful images is a paradox. Instagram is exchanging art for commerce, treating its users as dupes.

But creators aren’t stupid. They know that they’re other ad-free places to show off their galleries. The VSCO Grid is one of them.

The wave of the future

The friendliest way to monetize content is subscriptions. YouTube announced an ad-free service this week. The Financial Times is still behind a paywall. Drip is a service that allows fans to subscribe to music catalogs. I can’t wait to pay SoundCloud’s monthly fee for an ad-free experience.

No one wants or likes ads. They ruin experiences. What I love about watching soccer is that there aren’t any commercial breaks. Watching an NFL game, on the other hand, is a sequence of ad, replay, ad, and more ads.

The Internet should be ad-free. Fans have shown that they are willing to pay with their wallets, exchanging money for a cleaner experience. We don’t another 50 years of traditional advertising.

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Premature Playage


Slow media is the future because it gives us back the feeling of time.

We used to have ‘time’ because there were fewer distractions, fewer text messages, and tweets, fewer podcasts, less music, less Kindle books.

Digital content is abundant and cheap, if not, mostly free.

Stopping to think, pausing to reflect, are also free BUT our focus is scarce.

Cramming more stuff into our brains isn’t necessarily better. Refreshing the streams is an endless hamster wheel of discovery. Add multitasking on top of that and it’s all a half-ass effort to pay attention.

The rhythm of time clings to our attention. Pick something and digest it.

One. Thing. At. A. Time.

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