If you are a human being today you’ve probably heard of bloggers and vloggers. These are Internet phenomenon’s that have taken the world by storm.
Today anyone can start a blog and become a blogger. If someone doesn’t want to type too much they can start a YouTube channel and within seconds become a vlogger. Recently a new type of online hobby has emerged. Lifelogging.
Remember those action movies where the hero of the film spies on the villain by having a camera as a button on his shirt? Today you can buy a similar camera to wear on your shirt for less than 400 dollars. With the newly released camera “Narrative” you can document every moment of your life. The product is a small 5 megapixel, square-shaped camera that you can clip on to your collar or shirt pocket. Every 30 seconds that you wear the camera it takes a photo.
This little product doesn’t seem that harmful and in fact when you are on a family vacation or you want to play with your children maybe this could be a perfect way to really “capture the moment”. Instead of picking up a camera and say “cheese” to then realize that the moment has passed, this could be a great way to fix that.
Now you might ask yourself if you would feel comfortable knowing the person you are talking to is taking a photo of you every 30 seconds?
Since the release of the camera there has been concerns from people that feel that their integrity is in danger by this product being on the market. One could argue that in today’s society where Instagram and Facebook are constant companions in our daily lives we shouldn’t be so scared, but in a way through those services we can still control the content. Imagine a world where anyone takes random pictures just walking down the street. This person can’t control who to capture and who to not. People could be on images on someone else’s computer without their approval. According to Swedish law it isn’t illegal to photograph people without them knowing about it, but it is sharing the photo without their consent if they feel violated. The problem then becomes real when people who just “don’t care” start sharing photos of you and you have neither control nor power to stop them.
Just like the 3D-printer is a great invention as long as no one starts printing dangerous things like guns, this product is a great idea. But will it really succeed? I mean what if someone forgets to turn their camera of at embarrassing places like a public bathroom? That could become incredibly awkward. There are people who say that self-tracking has made them “healthier, more aware of their presence in life, more able to appreciate life as it happens”. So there are those who would argue that this camera has changed their way of living in to a more positive way. What is right? What is wrong? What is love? Baby, don’t hurt me no more.
Read more about the Narrative Clip: getnarrative.com
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