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Samsung Galaxy

I started video blogging about a year and half ago. At first, it was just something fun to do to coincide with the weekly music reviews I post on my website, www.peauxeticexpressions.com. Quality was a concern, but not of the utmost, so I used the web cam on my laptop. This past summer, I decided things had to change. I needed to step my game up visually to get people’s attention. But first, I needed a new camera. I searched and looked at numerous cameras, but never found one quite like my baby. The Samsung Galaxy 16.3 Megapixel Digital Camera.  It records HD videos, has an LCD touch screen, and a 21x optical zoom. If you can’t tell, I love it. But on to the more pertinent issue at hand. What does this awesome camera really have to do with anything?

In the excerpt from Phaedrus, Plato drives the point home that rich rhetoric has an intense awareness of the truth. The truth must not only be made aware of, but also understood to make a sound argument.  “At the same time I boldly assert that mere knowledge of the truth will not give you the art of persuasion,” from Phaedrus, page 1.  It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, so why not make it the best picture possible?  The truth doesn’t get much clearer than what a picture represents. True, pictures can also be manipulated to present “the truth” we want to exhibit. But pictures can reveal expressions of happiness, excitement or sadness. They also can reveal the winning shot of a basketball game or great highlights from a live concert.

Iwan Rhys Morus touches on primarily Victorian enthusiasm, and even some criticism of telegraphs in “The Nervous System of Britain”. One important comparison that Morus makes is that with the telegraph and the human nervous system.  Both of these scenarios involve sending messages throughout a medium or body system.  Similarly, the Samsung Galaxy camera can act as a telegraph of sorts by sending pictures and videos through social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc), email and YouTube.  Imagine how excited the Victorians would be to see this!!  It’s a domino effect where the nervous system acts as a catalyst to carry out the same tasks that the telegraph does.

Bush’s, “As We May Think” article most directly addresses the effect on photography in society. He compares the difference between wet and dry photography. It was a comparison I had never heard of until now. Wet photography would more than like be something a professional photographer uses, while dry photography may be more suitable for amateurs like myself. But, could there be a caveat to this theory?  Bush insinuates that dry photography is making more of a presence, even in areas it traditionally could not have been possible (such as with film). He cautions that the process is slow now, but will likely be improved once someone cracks the code on how to speed it up. Perhaps there will be a “damp” happy medium until we transition to completely dry photography. The Samsung Galaxy camera is surely doing its part to propel that movement.

The only gripe I have about the Samsung Galaxy camera is that it does not have a microphone input. But hey, with features this cool, I don’t have a problem speaking louder to be heard. Shown below, here is one of the recent green screen videos I created for my video blog, with the help of the Samsung Galaxy camera, of course.

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5 comments

  1. I really like how you connected the readings to something you use in your everyday life that could relate to all three readings. For “The Nervous System of Britain” by Morus, one of the main points of the article was that the telegraph breaks down the barriers of time and space. I think the Samsung Galaxy is a good example to show how advanced we are with technology, that a camera can also break down the barriers of time and space by sending pictures faster to people everywhere. Whether it is sharing through social media, or sending to a friend who may be in a different state or country, the new technologies we come up with everyday are helping us spread our ideas to more people around the world and breaking down the barriers of time and space through pictures. I agree with you in how you see pictures as a way of truth from the excerpt Phaedrus, because pictures are a good way to describe a situation or example in detail to help someone visualize. I learn and remember things visually so I think pictures are a great way to really grasp the information being shared. The Samsung Galaxy is a good example to relate to Bush’s “As We May Think” because this article discusses man’s use of science and the new instruments we bring into existence. The Samsung Galaxy was not around when our parents, or even generations before, were growing up and now it is much easier for us to share pictures quickly. Especially, compared to how they used to get pictures before, which is a direct result of man’s new inventions in science providing this capability. It is still improving everyday. Constantly there are new ideas and inventions being introduced on how to make our technology better; for this year it may be the Samsung Galaxy but who knows what the next best camera invention will be next year.

    1. Thank you for leaving your thoughts Amanda. I’m glad you enjoyed the blog! That’s a great point you mention about the break down of time and space as well. It’s amazing how quickly technology helps us process the things that we want/need to send. In a sense I think that break down of time and space also bridges a disconnect between human interaction the more technology advances. But that’s another blog for another day, lol. In regards to the pictures, I definitely think they enhance the language or story of anything we convey to another person, for work or through social media. It’s a little scary to think how far technology will go! Maybe this year it will be Google Glass, lol!

    2. Interesting thoughts in response to the post, Asardos. Your comment reads a bit like a brain dump – be sure to use paragraph breaks and transitions to improve the readability of your comments in the future.

  2. crh024000, There are lots of interesting ideas here. Nice job including pictures and other media, though be sure to give credit for images. Even if the samsung photo is yours, use a caption/credit like “author’s photo” or something similar.

    For future posts, try to focus on fewer examples and go more in depth. If you are addressing a theme across readings, the post should still be building toward an argument. How is the telegraph effect of the Galaxy connected to the camera’s aura of “truth”? and how does that connect to the wet/dry process? For future posts, try answering the questions, “so what?”. In other words, why is the connection between the camera and these readings important? What does it tell us about our gadgets or our relationship to information?

  3. Much appreciation for your “damp” hopes via your “baby,” the Samsung Galaxy 16.3 Megapixel Digital Camera! I’m really impressed that you were able to find a winding passage through the three reading trek with a connection to your own previous experience in blogging, video blogging and passion for your camera. I must tell you that TLC’s “What About Your Friends” was my first cassette tape bought for me in 3rd grade by my teacher because I could recite my times tables! Your video blog review was entertaining to my own memory attachment to the group. I hear what you are saying about the volume on the camera, so I just turned you up on my end! Real talk, I would have like to see you zoooomed more in the camera frame.

    I disagree with you on your Phaedrus relation to a picture and truth idea. I’ve been exposed to the idea of the frame being the only reality for the image by Professor Terry’s studio class. I argue that the frame is actually withholding the real “truth” embedded in the set up or staging, rather. For example, one of my best-friends, Deana, just got married. It was a LONG day of “get your pretty on.” I didn’t notice, because of my own makeover transformation, my bestie bride friend had been MIA for more than a hot minute. I found out later via face book that she had left the bridal suite to take all her fancy photos. When I was lovingly lurking through her tagged images the bride and her mother mentioned another amazing bridesmaid being the “sun.” I was like “whaaa…ohhhhh.” While Deana glowed gushy love all through the lens of the camera, Holly was holding the screen reflector to create the beautiful artificial lighting in the picture.

    Socrates compares rhetoric to medicine in explanation to Phaedrus on the objective of rhetoric to produce conviction in ‘Phaedrus,’ by Plato. Elaborating on medicine he explains that it has to define the “nature of the body and rhetoric of the soul…” His point is similar to mine, “…do you think that you can know the nature of the soul intelligently without knowing the nature of the whole?” (pg8) You see, the picture does not tell the whole truth of the late day cloud coverage, Holly’s arms shaking from her holding the precise angle for the lighting f-o-r-e-v-e-r, however the shot does tell the snap.crakle.flash truth of the love celebrated on that day.

    It would be intriguing to me to further ponder your camera fixation as an extension of body. This interest comes from the foundation of your thoughts about your cameras comparison to the telegraph in reflection to Iwan Rhys Morus, ‘The Nervous System of Britain.’ What if… when your own nervous system responded to your inner desire to snap.crakle.flash, the camera responded within or even your own system too? BAM…Google glass, as you mentioned to Amanda and we all discussed in class. Professor Knight has said that with a wink of an eye (and correctly calibrated glasses by someone other than her) a picture can be taken. The love for your camera would then be an extended love for your body, which is a whole other campaign blog post!

    You are right on the money in highlighting Bush’s assumption of the technology developments within your own appreciation in acknowledging his comparison of “the difference between wet and dry photography.” Furthermore, to tie everything back up with your [in Gollum from ‘Lord of the Rings’ voice] precious camera is applaud able! I appreciate your seasoned blogging experience especially considering the lack of my own, which is none! Sorry for the late reaction response! I’ll beat the rabbit with the clock next time and perhaps the truth will be in the photo finish! CHEERS.

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