Anyone who knows me in real life knows what I think about social media, and that I’m pretty reserved about talking about my personal life on the Net. Although I have been using Facebook and Twitter since their creation, I am fairly reserved in what I choose to post about my life on social networks.
As a photographer, I started working in the analog era. I was in Italy and I covered breaking news for local newspapers. I had a computer and an Internet connection but my job was pretty easy; take my camera and some film, go take pictures, and then bring the film to the newspaper or the lab for the development and check for the publication the day after.
When digital cameras arrived, our workflow changed. In 2007, for example, some pictures I took were published on the website for La Repubblica just 10 minutes after the shoot. It was during a funeral of a girl killed by her boyfriend.
Today, in 2016, with modern cameras you can transfer pictures in real-time. On this wave, new social networks such as Instagram are made to share picture directly from your smartphone.
One year ago, Twitter launched a new app called Periscope to share videos in the same moment they are taken.
This is very good news for people and journalists who want to share information to a large audience, but there isn’t any moderation. In this way, anyone can get a phone and upload real-time content. Violence, sex, and death are visible to anyone.
The last case of suicide in real-time happened in France, not so far from Paris.
I don’t know if French director Bertrand Tavernier in 1980 could imagine this kind of incident when he was directing Romy Schneider in “La mort en direct” , a prophetic movie.
Today we know for sure that with social media anyone can share a news or an information. Basically, anyone can be a journalist. There are people posting pictures of their son newborn and there are even people filmed or photographed during their death, for instance during the attack in Paris or in the case of the suicide of the French girl. A big ethical debate can be opened.
When I happen to talk to people about social networks, everyone seems to hate them, but can’t live without using. Is it possible to go back to a life without social networks and to slow down?