steve, the incidental incidental incident.
So I'm taking an image class and one project involves taking photos throughout a day using POV photos to tell a story.
Well what that comes down to is that I have to buy a damn camera. I've been avoiding it this long but my professor straight up walked over to me after class and was like "the point and click has to stop." Heads up: anyone that tells you that you don't have to pay for anything outside of class when it comes to project-oriented classes is lying to you (or they go to CalTech).
So yeah. Well I wasn't going to buy a $400 camera for one last project, and then I remembered that the Narrative exists.
The Narrative Clip is a camera that you pin to your sleeve or shirt that takes pictures every 30 seconds. They're all POV shots and they exist so that you "never have to miss a moment." Perfect for my project, but it led to me thinking about something else. Privacy.
I've seen TONS of people complain about this stupid thing, it's crazy. It's the size of a postage stamp but it makes people hella uncomfortable in public and whatnot. I've seen accusations of photos being uploaded "straight to NSA servers", even.
On the other side of the spectrum, I've seen people complaining about this thing like crazy because it's "useless and frivolous" and "who wants to have 1000 pictures every day?" The counterpoint to this is that lifelogging can be useful. Lifelogging is where you digitize and quantify every aspect of yourself (a concept that's been floating around since the 90s but is more possible than ever now). This side argues that 1000 terrible photos is worth it for 15 good ones. I've also seen it argued that having a clip like this helps stave off people from looking at everything through the lens of their phone's camera, rather than experiencing whatever is in front of them, themselves.
I mean either way I'm buying the damn thing because it fits my project perfectly and $130 is not the same as fucking 400. But I might conduct a few days worth of sessions after the project is done, just to see how it goes.
Edit: Oh yeah, off-topic question: podcast! Diversity in videogames. PM me if you're interested.