The web used to be about other people. IMing your friend, emailing your wife, a chatroom with other guinea pig enthusiasts. Now it’s turning around. Information is becoming less important than emotion — the web is an empty nostalgia factory.
Remember Hipstamatic? That app we all used for fake vintage photo filters before Instagram? They’re plotting a comeback, and it hinges on the most ironic, most faux of all faux possible moves: a digital disposable camera for your iPhone. Yeah.
Pictures of the Year International is a photojournalism contest that’s a pretty big deal. This photo by New York Times photographer Damon Winter of the 2nd Platoon under fire in Afghanistan took third place this year. It was taken with the iPhone app Hipstamatic, which slathers photos with moody effects.