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Digital Photography and Transformations in American Culture
A discussion on how the digital camera represents the evolution of American culture.
# 152891 | 1,090 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2013 | US

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This paper relates that the invention and evolution of the digital camera has done the most to transform the perception and use of the camera. The paper goes on to argue that the digital camera is the centerpiece of the Internet's populism, and the democratization of the media, since just as blogs and wiki represent the collectivization of information on the Internet, digital photography represents the collectivization of visual data. The paper also points out that one of the hallmarks of the digital camera is its portability, especially cameras that are integrated with cell phones and other handheld devices. Finally, the paper shows how digital photography represents the transformations in American culture and society.

From the Paper:

"The digital camera is the centerpiece of the Internet's populism, and the democratization of the media. Because the digital camera is easy to use, affordable, and free from the time- and resource-constraints of film photography, anyone can take and display pictures. Skill in photo composition, lighting, and the thoughtfulness of the subject matter are all irrelevant for those who rely on simple point-and-shoot digital cameras or the digital cameras attached to their mobile phones. This represents a major revolution in the way photography has been perceived, but it does have historical precedent. When the standard, non-digital, camera first became a household object, its use as such was decried as the "cheapening of art," because the middle class now had access to a tool that was previously reserved for the cultural elite ("History of Photography"). Indeed, standard camera technologies evolved to the point where point-and-shoot and autofocus features made the camera even more commonplace than it was before. The camera's first shift from an artist's or journalist's tool to the tool of the people was the underpinning for the camera's most recent shift. The camera is now the visual voice of new media."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • The Museum of Modern Art. "Reinstallation of Photography Galleries Surveys the Evolution of Photography's Modern Traditions." Retrieved online:

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