Welcome to today's show, where we're finally analyzing the food photography trend for what it is, with the help of this article in the New York Times that profiles restaurateur David Bouley and the creative tactics he's come up with to stop the dining room distractions.
The way we see it, the problem with food photography is that we've collectively lost our shame and sense of subtlety when it comes time to dine. Instead of snapping a quick 3-second iPhone pic, we've seen folks stand on chairs, use tripods with a giant dSLR, and even ask the restaurant to adjust the ceiling lights to suit the mood of the picture.
The fact is that there's really no better way to prove you're eating above your budget than to take a picture of it. Argue all you want, it's just a tacky move and plenty of restaurants agree. Check out today's show to hear some places are doing to avoid the awkwardness.
We'll also talk about a story from Jim Romanesko's blog about an on-air news reporter in Rochester that took a stand and refused to let WHAM-TV's parent company take control of her personal Twitter accounts.
The reporter, Rachel Barnhart, asserts that a reporter's relationship with her followers is part of her personal brand, and should be treated such. Just as Sinclair Broadcasting doesn't own her life outside of work, she should be given carte blanche over her social-media profiles too.
Finally, we'll end with a story about Atari filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Atari is still paying off its $27 million debt to BlueBay Asset Management five years after Infogrames Entertainment bought the company in 2008, and the NY-based branch is eager to maintain their independence from their parent company.
We'll finish off the show reminiscing about the faux wood-paneling on the original Atari 2600 and cap it off with a few listener voicemails.
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