Social Media & Communication by matt wolfe [cc]

In an Evernote blog, Chris Hardwick says:

Social media used to be, “hey, I’m awake, look at what I had for breakfast.” Then it very quickly became something where people realized they could get news really fast. So then it became a real, substantive information outlet. And then they started to realize, oh, this can create actual social change.

But now I think social media has really morphed into, unfortunately, a lot of yelling. The loudest voices do tend to rise to the top. I do think there are still very powerful uses for social change on social media, but it’s such a crazy time right now that I don’t see as many superfluous tweets anymore.

As many outrageous things as there are going on in the world, I do think we’re a bit addicted to outrage and social media is sort of the outlet for that. It’s not all negative. I don’t want to paint that picture. But social media used to be just be silly and fun and now it’s heavy. I feel like social media is really heavy right now.

And follows it up with:

Anyone who’s been on a forum since there were forums knows that within two or three lines of any thread—and I’m sure there’s some sort of a formula for this—it just becomes a [cursing] match. Then it just becomes like a shouting schoolyard.

Communication is meant to be in person. It really is meant to be in person. That’s how our brains have developed. We read people’s faces, their expressions, we take social cues, visual cues. We can hear intonation, their audio cues.

When you’re just reading text, a lot of what you’re reading is through the filter of your own baggage. You can infer what you think the writer was intending, but there’s so much nuance and subtlety that’s lost. And then on top of that, people are interfacing with machines, which is very impersonal.

And so, when you’re reading text, if you’re misinterpreting it and then saying f— you back, your brain is thinking that you’re doing that to a machine. Because you’re interfacing with a machine and not a human being.

Jessica + Alexander by matt wolfe [cc]

Congrats to Jessica & Alex on getting hitched!

It sure looked like rain was coming to wash us out, but only a slight drizzle after the ceremony and everything was back to normal!

Music: "Say You Do" by Graham Colton (via www.musicbed.com). Edited in Adobe Premiere Pro. Shot on Canon 5dmk3 and C100mk2.

Ashunti + Chris by matt wolfe [cc]

Congrats to Ashunti & Chris on getting married!

I usually get a feel for musical likes based on the couple's reception playlist. One of the hardest, to me, genres to really find good indie music for is R&B, and, well, any hip hop that you think could work for a wedding. There is a good bit of indie hip hop that can work for a reception, once you parse through for language, but with R&B, most of the R&B tracks I listened to, regardless of great sound, thematically dealt with loss. Not something you want for a wedding video. I was so nervous that Ashunti wasn't going to like to music I picked out for her video. (I was sweating bullets, for real!) But in the end, they loved it.

Music: "Honeymoon" by Johnny Stimson, "Alive" by Tyrone Briggs (via www.musicbed.com). Edited in Adobe Premiere Pro. Shot on Canon 5dmk3 and C100mk2.