The latest issue of The Slap magazine, which launched this week, is full of articles about what’s happening in the world, and why.
There’s a profile on the new documentary “Sisters of the Sea” by journalist and former British spy Paul Thompson.
And there’s a piece about the US-based “Pioneers” group of artists who are attempting to revive the craft of photography in New Zealand.
And there’s one on the New Zealand government’s new “digital innovation fund”, which was unveiled last week and has been criticised for “sending mixed messages”.
The first two are related.
The first is about the future of photography, which is about to be dramatically transformed.
The digital revolution has been going on for a long time, with companies such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft all investing heavily in new technology and making it possible to share photos and videos on the web and other platforms.
It’s not all about the internet, though.
The New Zealand Government has set up a digital innovation fund, with a focus on “creating, distributing and remunerating creative content, including for consumption on social media and mobile devices”.
It’s not just about the digital revolution, but also the “digital transformation” of photography.
“The future of New Zealand’s photography is at stake,” a spokesman for the Government said.
There are several ways this could go wrong.
First, it could be seen as the “tipping point” for photography.
If the digital transformation of photography continues to accelerate, New Zealand could find itself in the same position as Ireland and the US, where people are spending more time online and less time at home.
The Government has a “digital strategy” and the first two goals are to make it easier for photographers to share their work on social platforms and to make sure the Government can pay for the cost of providing a camera.
Second, it’s likely to be a one-way ticket to a more restrictive digital world.
As more people have smartphones and cameras, it is likely they will take to Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook more, rather than just posting to social media platforms.
The “digital revolution” could be an opportunity to have more control over photography.
The “digital” part of the term is the big buzzword these days, and there is much talk about the impact of “digitalisation” on people’s lives.
The New Zealand economy is already in a “Digitalisation Zone”, and this could have the same impact.
What are the risks?
As I mentioned earlier, there are two possible risks to the New Zealander’s photography.
The first is a backlash against the “slap” magazine.
Some critics of the magazine are already using social media to attack its content.
In a tweet, a writer named David Farr tweeted: “Why do the editors of the Slap have to publish the most offensive thing they can think of to be offensive?
Is there any other reason they should be allowed to exist?”
This is an easy question to answer, but it doesn’t really answer the question.
The magazine is in the business of selling products, and people do buy those products.
What is the value of having the magazine publish a photograph that is so offensive that it’s causing people to call for its removal?
What can we do about it?
I’d be interested to hear from you if you have more to say about the issue.
If you are a photographer and want to tell your story, please email the newsroom at [email protected]