Instagram’s Chief Compares Social Media Dangers to Car Accidents

In response to a Wall Street Journal story that revealed Facebook is aware that social media can harm teens, Instagram’s head Adam Mosseri says the dangers of his app are akin to car accidents, a comparison that has drawn considerable ridicule. After the Wall Street Journal published a story that leaked internal Facebook studies that […]

Instagram’s Chief Compares Social Media Dangers to Car Accidents

In response to a Wall Street Journal story that revealed Facebook is aware that social media can harm teens, Instagram’s head Adam Mosseri says the dangers of his app are akin to car accidents, a comparison that has drawn considerable ridicule.

After the published a story that leaked internal Facebook studies that showed that social media can be toxic to teens, Instagram quickly released a response. The social media company did not deny the findings but claimed the Journal’s article only focused on the negative.

“At Instagram, we look at the benefits and the risks of what we do. We’re proud that our app can give voice to those who have been marginalized, that it can help friends and families stay connected from all corners of the world, that it can prompt societal change; but we also know it can be a place where people have negative experiences, as the Journal called out,” Instagram wrote. “Our job is to make sure people feel good about the experience they have on Instagram, and achieving that is something we care a great deal about.”

In addition to the detailed response on the Instagram blog, Mosseri was interviewed on the Recode Media Podcast where he attempted to defend the negative effects of the platform by comparing social media to cars. As put it, his response uses a metaphor where it seems as though he is saying that just as with the existence of cars, on social media, some people are just going to get run over.

“We know that more people die than would otherwise because of car accidents, but by and large cars create way more value in the world than they destroy,” Mosseri said. “And I think social media is similar.”

Mosseri’s sentiment was met with an onslaught of ridicule as many pointed out that cars, unlike social media, are heavily regulated, regularly inspected, and are illegal to operate for those under the age of 16.

Others noted that the comparison, even taken at face value, is still not a good one. Cars arguably are a net negative as well, as their emissions have been tied to the pollution that causes global warming.

Regardless of Mosserri’s spin, Instagram and Facebook are facing increasing pressure from lawmakers who focus on consumer protection. Last week, two leading members of the Senate Commerce Committee said they would launch an investigation into Facebook and take additional steps to see what other data the social media company might have but is not releasing.

“Big Tech has become the new Big Tobacco,” Representative Ken Buck (R-CO), a member of the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee said in a tweet. “Facebook is lying about how their product harms teens.”

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How To Create a DIY Mosaic ‘Camera’ Using 1000 Drinking Straws

In this six and a half minute video from Fotodiox, photographer Sean Anderson shows how he used over a thousand mini drinking straws to create a “straw camera” that can capture mosaic type images. Originally inspired by a PetaPixel article from 2017 where the DIY camera used a film back to capture the images. After […]

How To Create a DIY Mosaic ‘Camera’ Using 1000 Drinking Straws

In this six and a half minute video from Fotodiox, photographer Sean Anderson shows how he used over a thousand mini drinking straws to create a “straw camera” that can capture mosaic type images.

Originally inspired by article from 2017 where the DIY camera used a film back to capture the images. After seeing that project, Sean was left with two looming questions: 1) Could the camera be made smaller? and 2) Can the straw camera be converted to digital and not use film?

While Anderson says this camera build was one of the most simple DIY designs he has ever done, it also ended up almost taking the most time to complete. He had to precisely measure 1,000 coffee stirring straws and then cut them into three pieces each (for a total of 3,000 straw pieces) in order for them to fit precisely into the container. This whole process alone took several days to complete.

Once all the straws were placed snuggly in the container, Anderson discovered a small problem with how the images would “render” when shot using a digital camera. In order to see the full image, he had to move the system a great distance away from the “straw camera.” To fix this, he added some frosted plastic over the straws to focus each point of light onto the “element” allowing him to move the camera much closer. Then he added a cardboard box “bellows” to the rig in order to further control and eliminate any reflections and glare.

While testing the system, Anderson discovered that the subjects being photographed had to be incredibly close to the straws, or else the image would be a muddy mess. This means the images will also require a lot of additional lighting, so those who are planning to try the build for themselves should be sure to keep that in mind. He says, unless you make it much larger, the system works best for photography smaller objects in a still-life format. Even so, the results are a fun and unique take on photography.

Below are some sample images created with the straw camera:

Anderson says the camera works best in a studio environment, but it still has use outside using natural light as a backlight to create some intriguing silhouettes against the sun. While the “camera” isn’t without its flaws, it is still a fun and low-cost creative project to do at home.

To see more of Sean’s DIY Camera builds, visit the Fotodiox YouTube channel.

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