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Selfie abuse

September 02nd, 2016 by Vader

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September 02nd, 2016 12:23:30

John Mansfield
September 2, 2016

A thing I’ve noticed about museums is that some can be fairly loud, a continual roar in places. Some years ago Mrs. Mansfield and I spent an evening together in the museum on the grounds of the Cranbrook Academy (Mitt Romney’s prep school, near the Detroit LDS temple). Shelf after shelf of mineral specimens. Drawer after drawer of insect specimens. Little indentifying labels with no exposition. Few people. No sound but our occasional whispers to one another. It was so refreshing for both of us. We’ve remarked on it many times in the years since.

September 2, 2016

I’ve noticed that too, how museums are becoming more and more heavy-handed about shoving a whole bunch of interpretation down your throat without actually having stuff to look at.

Good article, Vader.

Combining the article’s sentiments with Mansfield’s, it seems like museums suffer from too much exhibition and too little exhibits.

September 3, 2016

While the article had a lot of great things to say, I really wonder if we look down on selfies a little bit too much. They certainly can be correlated with narcissism, but I suspect in a great many cases, they are just a way to record an experience eg. ‘We were at the museum and we saw a Van Gogh! Fun!’

September 3, 2016

One thing that has struck me about art museums is that if a painting has a religious theme, the placard next to the painting has to explain what is going on in the painting. For centuries that would not have been necessary.

Another observation is that religious art is ripped from its roots and placed on secular exhibition. Consider this painting by Zurbaran
It is not hard to imagine humble Spanish Catholics kneeling before it in its original setting, presumably a church. Or perhaps a pious patron or high church official hung the painting in his private chapel for worship and meditation. Now many museum patrons admire or ignore it largely depending on their artistic tastes, oblivious to the religious import of the painting.

September 3, 2016

Imo, a selfie is narcissistic only when the photo-taker is the sole subject, ie, strictly a self-photo.

Otherwise, it’s identical to tourist and family snapshots since the invention of the cheap handheld camera. The only difference is who is holding the camera. In times past, tourists would ask a stranger to take the photo. The camera owner wants to be in the photo to prove they are there. In family/friends snaps taken in the home in the past, one person had to be left out, absent a tripod with remote or time delay.

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