Documentary photographer Lauren Greenfield was trying to form trusting relationships with members of a Mayan tribe in Mexico in the early 1990s when she picked up a discarded copy of Bret Easton Ellis’s Less Than Zero. Before she’d finished the cult novel – which charts the parties, drug taking and sex lives of rich college kids in Los Angeles – Greenfield had decided to swap photography subjects from the Maya of Chiapas to the rich kids of her home town.
“DATA SLAVERY.” Jennifer Lyn Morone, an American artist, thinks this is the state in which most people now live. To get free online services, she laments, they hand over intimate information to technology firms. “Personal data are much more valuable than you think,” she says. To highlight this sorry state of affairs, Ms Morone has resorted to what she calls “extreme capitalism”: she registered herself as a company in Delaware in an effort to exploit her personal data for financial gain. She created dossiers containing different subsets of data, which she displayed in a London gallery in 2016 and offered for sale, starting at £100 ($135). The entire collection, including her health data and social-security number, can be had for £7,000.
Things I’ve read over the past week that I found interesting and worth sharing
I started walking on Wednesday mornings about a month ago with my friend Juley. She had posted a video of Chuck, The People Walker, saying how she needed him in her life. I commented I would walk with her. Since then we’ve been meeting every Wednesday morning to go for a 1.5 mile walk around a local park lake.
Love, a tiny speck, is my thoughts on being a tiny speck in an infinite universe. It’s a continuous love letter to God and His creation. It’s about being human and our messy relationships with each other and the world around us.
I have so much to say and thoughts on different subjects. Some happy and lighthearted. Some serious and weighty. Does the world really need another blog? Maybe, maybe not. That’s up to you to decide. If you stay and read and share, then the answer is yes. If you don’t, then the answer is no. I just owe it to myself (and I hope you too) to get these things out of my mind and start the discussion.
Thanks for joining me! Here is where I plan to write things, share photos, link music, and do other bloggy type stuffs.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton