This thread is interesting, but then I thought the one missing in action was too.
I've been trying to put my finger on what it is about this blog that has prompted such a broad spectrum of reactions, and I think it's a generational thing. (for what it's worth my own kids
are early 30s, and steps early 20s, and we all chat about all kinds of stuff so I'm not 'out of the loop' with this age group)
The mid 30s and under have grown up in a totally different environment
to the mid 30s+1 and over. What appeals to them is shaped by their experience of life so far. Their world has been sanitized and reality removed.
Milk comes from bottles, not cows udders... eggs come from cartons, not chickens butts... meat comes from neat little cling-wrapped trays, not blood spattered slaughter houses.
We packed a kitbag and went travelling in an old VW Kombi, they go on a Kontiki tour. We wore our jeans til they faded and had holes in... they buy them that way.
They are the pre-packaged, image-is-everything generation... why have reality when we can morph it into something so much more 'appealing'. It's not their fault, we created that synthetic world for them... actually for ourselves, they just ended up having to grow up in it
We see crows feet and call it character or laughter lines... they photoshop them out because the image is what's important, not the reality.
And this blog is a classic example of where the 2 worlds collide.
We 'oldies' recognize great photography, but because it's photoshopped to perfection we don't believe it, and that feeling of phoney-ness undermines the credibility of the whole blog, for us. But not for them. It's just normal.
Every magazine image is photoshopped and they know it, we've just found it out!
I know if I said to my kids
... "if the pics are photoshopped, they're not real. How do you know if their dream is real? or that their boat isn't a photoshopped trailersailer? This whole blog could be a sham!!"
You know what they'd say? "It doesn't matter. It's good". You see to them it doesn't have to be real. It just has to look good.
Where we want substance, they want an eye pleasing experience. They don't mind shallow. It means it's safe and you probably won't drown.
We want blood and guts reality, eyes burning with salt
and raw knuckles... I'm starting to wonder who the idiots are
I've avoided comment on the presentation style because that is extremely contentious and is probably what saw the death of the old thread.
Suffice it to say, looks will fade, even beyond photoshop's capability.
The people with full and happy lives then are the ones who have learned some people skills along the way, and worked out that the biggest bores at parties are the ones who can't stop talking about themselves and are forever looking at themselves in the mirror.
My 2c worth... I know that's cheap
... I'm trying to instill values here