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I know it’s not Wednesday.  Okay?  Whatever, I’ve been at the beach all week.  I’m still at the beach.  I don’t care.  This is island time.

Beach art is pretty spectacular, but I think I will save that for a different post.  Today I’m thinking about images and two-dimensionality beacause what could be more two-dimensional than a life not at the beach??????

“In Defense of the Poor Image” on e-flux This is actually smart.  And about reality.

“That Was Then: The Art of the Before-After Photograph” in The Smart Set: “On the web the before-and-photo flourishes in its ideal state, as stripped down and essential a form of storytelling as a Henny Youngman joke…In the super-efficient world of the web, it’s just set-up, punchline, set-up, punchline, with the trudge of “and then” disappearing like Faith Hill’s eye-bags and back fat after the Photoshop wizards in Redbook’s art department have had their way with her.”

“Image and Consumption” in Key Ideas: This is more wandering blog post than anything else.  The comments are pretty good.

I’ve been wanting to write an essay on this for a while.  Well well well.  Looks like someone beat me to the punch.  But the town of essays on fake nostalgia is big, and I think there’s room enough for both of us.  Mine will be different.  For one, I would like to write it without mentioning “authenticity” 24 times.

The Faux-Vintage Photo by Nathan Jurgenson: “The faux-vintage photo, while getting a lot of attention in this essay, is merely an illustrative example of a larger trend whereby social media increasingly force us to view our present as always a potential documented past.”