BREAKING: Human Beings Obessive-Compulsive, Internet Enables Them

04/07/2010 8:49 AM |


  • This morning’s breakfast (boy am I fat).

In chapter a billion of the New York Times “The Internet AND YOU” series, we discover the hot new trend of “People Who Photograph Food and Display the Pictures Online” (seriously, that was the RSS headline). And no, they’re not talking about stuff like this. The article is about people who feel compelled to photograph everything they eat and post it online… And that’s it. This archival impulse doesn’t seem to be about art or politics, but rather the universally dull urge to share a bit of ourselves with our fellow humans, just to feel better about the blunt finitude of life. The Times, speaking of one poor bastard:

When he lost his iPhone while visiting New York last month, he pleaded with exasperated friends to take pictures of his food and to e-mail them to him, lest his record be incomplete. “It was a nightmare,” Mr. Garcia said.

A nightmare. Next in the series is the hot new trend of people photographing their children and forcing you to look.

2 Comment

  • Nice photo. This all just seems like the cheap digital version of The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, really.

  • You are a very healthy breakfaster, so you must also do very well on standardized tests and never fail to catch that high pop-fly as it nearly clears the wall in deep right. “Morgens wie ein Koenig,” say the Germans.

    Anyway, is that a pepper grinder or a misplaced robot in the midst? A small gorilla?

    And anyway, yes, that was among the most useless (and competition was high) of the Times’ “Internet and You” series, as you’ve called it. Though I regret to have read the whole thing, especially the part about the unthinkable unbearableness of a Garcian nightmare, I assure you that the only reason I read it is because I take screenshots of every article I read, then post them online so that everyone else can see replicated versions of them. This is certainly a culturally important act, one that will interest people “as far away as Ecuador.”*

    Then, one day, if it all works out just right, the Times will write an article about me taking screenshots of articles I’ve read, and I’ll read that article, which would feature a picture of me taking a screenshot of an article, and I’ll take a screenshot of that article picturing me taking a screenshot, and that will have to be the end of all my living pursuits so that Baudrillard and I can share a tearful, dead laugh.


    * Really, read the article. It’s fully of stupid shit like that. Wait, did Malcolm Gladwell write it? Because there’s no argument to be found. Just sayin’.