Life, Photograph

Google Auto Enhancement – Intrusion or Compliment?

These are photos I taken by me over the past few months using my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone and then auto enhanced by Google.  Now, I am the first to admit that the images are often unique and striking, some even better than the originals. Others leave me wondering what the heck and why that one?

However, I am not sure how I feel about some large corporation that has access to my personal photos to edit, manipulate and change how they desire and see fit.

Especially those of family and friends.  Why are certain photos chosen and not others?  Not to mention the videos composed of several photos put together, which I did not share any of those.  Does anyone know the why of this or is it some secret algorithms like Facebook uses? Makes me think that this may be too much of a good thing?  Is big brother watching?  Are we being manipulated?

Our every keystroke, every WordPress like and comment, every Google+ comment and plus, every Facebook like and comment, every Twitter tweet, all being captured, stored and categorized.  The technology is a wonderful tool and can truly be used for positive and noble pursuits.  I have met some wonderful people online that I otherwise would never have known. There is a power in being able to connect with people all over the world, but that power in the wrong hands… 

Where are we headed? What do you think?

Adventure, Art, God, Poetry, Writing

The Fires of Spring

art transcends through seasons of change

for your eyes, heart and soul

the fires of spring

the drums of summer

the death of fall

the stars of winter

shining a light into the dark

of humanities heart

under a dark sky of forgotten lullaby’s

art captures hearts unaware

for our eyes, heart and soul

fires warm the coldest places

drums beat a cadence of love

death brings new beginnings

stars silently pierce the night

always shining a light into the dark

art is the beckoning beauty

a shot of hope into the black

a small spark of light

a promise of grace and mercy

a voice that speaks of love

sustaining hearts with visions

art for your eyes, heart and soul in

the fires of spring

the drums of summer

the death of fall

the stars of winter

may art always shine a light into the dark

Mark Schutter ©2013

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