another sign of the apocalypse?

press release:

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 5, 2009 – Sony today introduced the Party-shot™ personal photographer (model IPT-DS1)—an innovative camera dock that pans 360 degrees and tilts 24 degrees, automatically detects faces, adjusts composition and takes photos for you.

read that again – takes photos FOR YOU. i would imagine you wouldn’t even need to be there. sony’s digital imaging accessories product manager says, “With the Party-shot personal photographer, you no longer have to worry about taking photos when you are with your family or friends.” do people worry about taking photos of their friends? do people worry about taking photos?

i’ve always thought that what made photography exciting and special had a lot to do with the person behind the camera, pushing the button, but maybe that’s just me.  i imagine richard avedon spinning in his grave like a dervish. now all they need to do is have it hooked up to the interwebs and automatically upload the photos to facebook.

what is the world coming to?

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