How We All Learned to Speak Instagram

Instagrams, worthy of their own language; easily recognizable:

Instagram images have become units of speech, building blocks in a visual vocabulary that functions somewhat like a colonial patois, where old-school darkroom photography is the native tongue and digitization is the imperial language. And like an empire at its height, Instagram is relentlessly making conquests—and in short order. Even people who don’t yet use the app can recognize in its distinctive photos a new visual lingua franca. The images don’t look “filtered” or like Instagrams. They look like … reality.“

Still concur with Hugh MacLeod though:

I like Instagram almost as much as I hate the fact that Facebook owns it.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.