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Let me be blunt: Stock photography needs to die. In his 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language,” George Orwell argued that clichéd language produces clichéd thinking. Using a stale image, as he’d put it, “makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.” Stock photography imprisons us in the same cognitive jail. Its intentionally bland images are designed to be usable in many vaguely defined situations. This produces wretched photography for the same reason Hallmark cards produce wretched poetry. We live in a visual world, communicating and thinking in pictures. When we use stock photos, we think in clichés.

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The true cure for stock photography is inside your camera phone.

Clive Thompson's spot-on, important Wired article on ending the tyranny of stock photos, which could be said to hold for visual culture that aphorisms do for intellectual culture.

Thompson is the author of the excellent Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better.

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joelgascoigne:

This morning, my alarm sounded at precisely 5:50am. Within a few minutes, I was up and had my running shoes, shorts and a t-shirt on. Minutes later at 6am, I opened my MacBook Air, switched to the desktop with TextMate open and got coding. I worked for just under one hour on some important…

newyorker:

A cartoon by Zachary Kanin. For more Valentine’s Day cartoons: http://nyr.kr/1gcuTJW

scienceisbeauty:

Gary Larson's solution to the riddle: Why did the chicken cross the road?… Oh, wait, this isn’t a solution, actually is another riddle… Well, who needs to solve this things?

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december trees on Flickr.

Winter Trees

BY WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS

All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.