Basketball players from Fenerbahçe are about to receive their championship cup, surrounded by hundreds of fans. The arena is ebullient. As the cameras turn towards the spectators, you can see that almost all of the cheering fans have their phones out, trying to capture the moment when their team captain raises the cup. They are trying to live the excitement and the happiness while at the same time trying to record it.
A few days afterwards I see another image in one of the newspapers. This time it is not a moment of happiness at the focus of the lens, but a murder. When Hamas, the governing party in
Cell phones are used above all to record the moments we live. Not a day passes without seeing a cell phone recording of a social event, an accident, a murder broadcast on TV or published in a newspaper.
This is a new value set, one in which a visual of life creates more impact than the life itself, where living a moment is less meaningful than having recorded it.
Although this creates a positive move towards democratization of knowledge, the wheels of this world do not turn completely without a bias.
This new value set also implies a world where every kind of evil, every image of blood, murder, rape is marketed and normalized.
An example: A few days ago newspapers published photos of E.Y., a judge at the
What was interesting was that the photos of the beating had been taken a month ago but were just being published by newspapers, after the judge’s death. The judge had used his influence to prevent the pictures from being published. The images were recorded, they had “news value” but had not been published.
Translated by Deniz Akkuş