Old people are discovering Snapchat

The digital elders are coming


Over at the Evening Standard, where they’re making words out of ink and sticking them on sheets of paper, it sounds like they just found out about Snapchat. And you know what? They like the sound of it. They think it might be A Good Thing.  “It is transmission rather than conversation,” writes the paper’s editor Sarah Sands in weekly column. “A moment of existence, a puff of smoke. Instagram but with novelty.”

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I can’t say I’ve ever honestly considered the “weight of eternal judgment” or the concept of “transience” while watching my friends do this to their faces.

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But hey, maybe I should. Here is the Standard’s columnist Ros Urwin:

The digital elders always lay claim to the tools of the digital natives eventually – though we’re usually a filter ahead.