Click here to disappear


David Levi Strauss

‘Click here to disappear: Some thoughts on Images and Democracy’, Aperture, 190 (Spring 2008), 20

‘To regain our liberty (and our distance), we must slow the images down.’

‘Images online are both more ephemeral (in form) and substantial (in number) than ever. We spend more time collecting and sorting images, but less time looking at any one of them. Photographic images used to be about the trace. Digital images are about the flow.’

[Increased access to images and information] ‘has led to more docile citizens, who spend more of their time collecting and sorting images and information[…] and less time on analysis, critical thinking, or real “socializing.”


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