Camera app filters. Us smartphone photographer-wannabes love them.
Most camera apps allow users to change the look of their photos by selecting a filter. These filters allow almost any desired effect, from making the photo look vintage, to changing the colour entirely. For the sake of simplicity these filters each have a name: 'Poprocket', '1977' and 'Lily' for example.
So, I take a photo on my phone; I apply the desired filter; I post the edited version online and then stroke my ego with each new ‘like’ I receive.
All my friends in social-network-land only ever see the doctored version, not the original. In their thinking, the filtered version is the only version.
Imagine someone sees the filtered image and likes it enough to re-post it. Before they do so, they ‘enhance’ it by applying another filter of their liking. If this process is repeated, after a few shares and filters applied, the image will be very different from the original. With every change, information is lost and the original photo is forgotten.
Brace yourself for the philosophical application...
I have somewhat of a soft spot for retro sci-fi films.
Recently I watched the 1973 cult-classic "Soylent Green". A slow, depressing story about an over-populated, dying earth in 2022 where the only food available to the masses are wafers made by the Soylent Corperation. The ever-so-predictable twist was that the future's elderly were euthanaised and turned into corn chips.
What is extremely disturbing is that movie's premise is perhaps closer to being science fact, than science fiction.
As of Jan 1, 2015 the West Africa Ebola outbreak has now claimed 7989 lives, and even though we live on an isolated island (NZ) half a world away from the hot spot, it is still very frightening.
There are three undeniable stages in the progression of deadly viruses like Ebola: Infection, separation and death.
It is fascinating to realise that sin shares the same progression. Let’s liken sin to a virus for a moment… The Sin Virus.