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July 13, 2015

Soul Stealing Photography

I remember in grade school, we were told about primitive societies of non-white people that refused to be photographed because they believed the camera would steal their soul. We recognized the inferior nature of those frameworks that were afraid of having their souls stolen, and then did sit-and-cover drills in the hallways to make sure we'd be safe in the event of atomic attack.

Now we have sophisticated facial recognition. A friend takes a picture at an event, posts it on Facebook - and Mark Zuckerberg's minions can identify everybody in the photo, the relationships are stored and cross-referenced, the new info enriches marketing photos, and the Corporate complex monetizes you and your friends without your explicit knowledge.

Maybe those primitives and all the people who don't like to be photographed were right.


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