What does the resurgence and popularity of polaroid cameras say about modern culture?

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There’s something enduringly iconic about the soft-focus, white bordered polaroid photograph.

Invented in the 1940s by Edwin H. Land, polaroid cameras drastically changed photography: you could develop and view a photograph within minutes using a polaroid camera, creating a much quicker and consumer-friendly process.

The polaroid remained a popular photographic medium throughout the following decades, but saw a dramatic decline heading toward the new millennium. By the early 2000s, polaroid cameras just weren’t that cool anymore.

However, instead of dying out and becoming a historical footnote, polaroid cameras experienced…


What’s Behind the Game’s Startling Rise in Popularity?

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Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post about why Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the perfect escapist fantasy for people during the pandemic. A digital Eden. A tranquil island to chill out on while the world is on fire.

Among Us is a very different sort of vibe.

As Taylor Lorenz explains in The New York Times:

Among Us is a multiplayer game where between four and 10 players are dropped onto an alien spaceship. Each player is designated a private role as a “crewmate” or “impostor.”

Crewmates…


Modern Poetry is Digital Poetry

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Are we rediscovering poetry in its intended form — as an audible/visual experience — through social media?

I found one of my favourite poets through a TedTalk on YouTube.

Not a book, not a classroom, not a library, but instead a digital space that offered an audible and visual experience, a performance. Sarah Kay’s If I Should Have a Daughter really changed my perception of poetry and its existence online.

As someone who studied English and therefore likes quite a lot of old poetry by dead people, the…


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Big Tech is watching you: social media has created a digital dystopia.

At least, that’s the succinct version of Netflix’s latest documentary, The Social Dilemma.

Stylistically, The Social Dilemma is a bit of strange hybrid. There are traditional documentary-style interviews with people from the tech industry, a lot of them former employees of tech giants like Facebook and Twitter. But there are also short animation sequences and, bizarrely, a Black Mirror-style story following a family’s struggles with social media addiction (the youngest daughter cracks a glass lock box open…


Analysing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Aspirational Adulthood and Why People Hate Tom Nook

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Nintendo Switch displaying Animal Crossing: New Horizons
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Paying off a mortgage, holding together a community, earning a living: the main objectives of Animal Crossing sound pretty… mundane when you think about it.

But the latest version of the game, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, has been wildly popular during lockdown. Nintendo reported a 428% increase in profits for April-June, with overall sales of video games booming during the pandemic. And, by August 2020, over 20 million copies of Animal Crossing: New Horizons have been sold.

So, what’s the appeal? Why are we still so obsessed with the…


Connecting history, human nature and hashtags

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We’ve all done it: you’re on holiday, visiting some historic landmark or trendy restaurant. You get whoever you’re with or a kindly stranger to take a picture (or several) of you. You’re surrounded by other people doing exactly the same thing, sometimes even forming loose queues to get a turn taking photos at the best spot.

I’m guilty of this too. When my sister and I visited Barcelona in January (before anyone was really aware of the risks of travelling and coronavirus in Europe), we visited all the places you’re supposed to: the Gothic Quarter, Montjuïc, Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and…


The Rise of Citizen Journalism in the 21st Century

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Digital technologies have given birth to a whole new range of creative forms: social media posts, YouTube videos, podcasts and, of course, the humble blog.

For anyone born in the late-90s/early-2000s, blogging and its influence on contemporary writing and journalism is probably something you take for granted. You’ve maybe never even questioned it before. For most of us, the concept of random people (hello!) …


The #MeToo Movement, Twitter and Autobiographical Narratives

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The phrase ‘me too’ is often an acknowledgement of shared experience. It’s a statement of inclusion or empathy: I feel ill, me too; I want ice-cream, me too.

But, since 2017, the phrase has developed additional significance, becoming entwined with narratives about sexual assault and rape culture. To say ‘me too’ — or, more commonly, to write #MeToo on a social media post — is to express an autobiographical experience about sexual violence within a wider cultural context. …

Mhari Nimmo

Interested in all things digital media, pop-culture and literature. Aspiring optimist. Blogger at Quirk-E: https://quirk-e.co.uk

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