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London Riots as seen through Instagram

August 16, 2011 at 11:37 by Tim Comments

We witnessed both Mumbai attacks through Twitpics. The London Riots are now seen through Instagram. We embrace the app for artistic and social snaps – and now Instagram has curated a set about the mayhem on the streets of London. Are they too stylish for the gritty truth? And what is happening to our perception of events if they instantly turn into poprocketed-lomo-earlybird-filtered icons?

Find the set of pictures here.

Is it far-fetched to draw an analogy to the UK-withdrawn Levis spot “Legacy / Go Forth”?

Update: See the next iteration of this trend through Instacane, a live record of how hurricane Irene unfolds via pictures uploaded to Instagram. It was built by NY Times employees in a day and as you can see, some girls (or cats) hashtagged #Irene have made it into the stream. And remarkably many uploaders connect bottle shots of alcohol to the impending destruction.

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