Not so long ago, photography was an art form. A select few members of our species took pictures of special events or occasions of the select few members of any species who deserved that attention on that special event or occasion. Now-a-days, anyone and his monkey snaps pics of anything and his monkey and uploads it instantly for the world to see in our era's many and varied forms of virtual bonhomie. While I'm all for cataloguing meaningful moments and events of my life, I fail to understand the need to take pics of what amounts to uninteresting-to-everyone-but-the-picture-taker crap and putting it up for all to see. Now, I'm not saying that I am free of said sin...just that I compartmentalize who I show what crap to. I wonder why some members of our species do not get how easy it is to do that. Its really rather simple to restrict family pics for family members, baby shower pics to baby shower attendees and so on. I understand, I do, that we live in an age where everything is broadcasted and nothing is secret but come on...be smart...be considerate...be humble. Do not hang your ass out the window for all to see because believe me no one will appreciate it the way you'd meant them to. You'll only make their eyes bleed and their mouths yap.
With that in mind, certain restaurants in NYC have started banning/restraining the use of cameras in their restaurants so that patrons can enjoy a meal flash and disruption free. They also offer pics of your meal with your checks, in case you are one of those members of the species that love to virtually share your meal with utterly disinterested and virtual strangers. And I believe the restaurants would also allow one group pic taken at the beginning or end of the meal and thats it.
Hm. Lesson learned? Over do things and get slapped down by sanctions.
What do you think about the whole "lets document every second of my life" syndrome?