Snap Makes a Bet on the Cultural Supremacy of the Camera

Farhad Manjoo:

Perhaps most consequential, the rising dependence on cameras is changing our language. Other than in face-to-face communication, we used to talk primarily in words. Now, more and more, from GIFs to emoji, selfies to image-macro memes and live video, we talk in pictures.

This is something that people who long-ago disparaged Instagram as "just another camera app" failed to see. This is about communication. Visual communication. Snapchat is the logical extension of that trend. There will be others. And Facebook will continue to move into these spaces...


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