Peter's pedantry

Photographer, freelance & free

I’m privileged to have spent the weekend shooting promotional photos & video in #China’s remote #Guizhou province for Hong Kong-based #Children’s #Medical Fund (www.cmf.org.hk) who strive with limited funding to equip & train #hospital staff to save the lives of #babies born early or with complications. Everyone I encountered on the trip handled their jobs with a passion & energy that was inspiring to see. Thanks CMF! #NGO #nurses #cmf http://ift.tt/1v66Y4twww.cmf.org.hk) who strive with limited funding to equip & train #hospital staff to save the lives of #babies born early or with complications. Everyone I encountered on the trip handled their jobs with a passion & energy that was inspiring to see. Thanks CMF! #NGO #nurses #cmf http://ift.tt/1v66Y4t

I’m privileged to have spent the weekend shooting promotional photos & video in #China’s remote #Guizhou province for Hong Kong-based #Children’s #Medical Fund (www.cmf.org.hk) who strive with limited funding to equip & train #hospital staff to save the lives of #babies born early or with complications. Everyone I encountered on the trip handled their jobs with a passion & energy that was inspiring to see. Thanks CMF! #NGO #nurses #cmf http://ift.tt/1v66Y4twww.cmf.org.hk) who strive with limited funding to equip & train #hospital staff to save the lives of #babies born early or with complications. Everyone I encountered on the trip handled their jobs with a passion & energy that was inspiring to see. Thanks CMF! #NGO #nurses #cmf http://ift.tt/1v66Y4t

#Wanfenglin, beautiful remote #village area of #Guizhou province. #China #travel #mountains http://ift.tt/Z1nskC

#Wanfenglin, beautiful remote #village area of #Guizhou province. #China #travel #mountains http://ift.tt/Z1nskC

#Guizhou province. The #mountains are pretty amazing, but the guide’s rainbow nail polish got my attention most ;-) #China #travel #oddities http://ift.tt/XyLLop

#Guizhou province. The #mountains are pretty amazing, but the guide’s rainbow nail polish got my attention most ;-) #China #travel #oddities http://ift.tt/XyLLop

Who needs #baby seats when you’ve got a grandpa with a baby harness! #travel #guizhou #China http://ift.tt/1AUaYa2

Who needs #baby seats when you’ve got a grandpa with a baby harness! #travel #guizhou #China http://ift.tt/1AUaYa2

The eternal dilemma of #China #traintravel - over hours become one with your ‘hard seat’, or pay a few extra dollars and sit in the #diningcar. Easily resolved. #guizhou http://ift.tt/XQrCdT

The eternal dilemma of #China #traintravel - over hours become one with your ‘hard seat’, or pay a few extra dollars and sit in the #diningcar. Easily resolved. #guizhou http://ift.tt/XQrCdT

It’s a long day of waiting for a late #train and then sitting for hours. #NosleeptilGuizhou! #yunnan #China #traintravel #railway http://ift.tt/1uYKsdD

It’s a long day of waiting for a late #train and then sitting for hours. #NosleeptilGuizhou! #yunnan #China #traintravel #railway http://ift.tt/1uYKsdD

Tasks that demand wisdom

Ever since I quit Facilebook and the bulk of my social media addiction, I’ve been searching for a simple explanation of my reasons and of the universe of free-thinking that has unfolded for me, and thanks to Nick Carr’s book, “The Shallows: What the internet is doing to our brains”, this sounds a bit like it.

The great danger we face as we become more intimately involved with our computers is that we’ll begin to lose our humanness, to sacrifice the very qualities that separate us from machines. The only way to avoid that fate is to have the self-awareness and the courage to refuse to delegate to computers the most human of our mental activities and intellectual pursuits, particularly tasks that demand wisdom

I would add tasks that involve connecting with other human beings too. By playing to the shallowest and weakest parts of our psyches, social media offers up tantalising nuggets of narcissistic delight in return for our total and utter enslavement to platforms that do nothing more than gather marketing data and deliver advertising messages. If people feel they’re more connected than before, then it’s only a sign of how deeply addicted they’ve become to the imaginary world of glowing online selves. 

The only question I’m yet to answer is where else to share such views if not on social media. Maybe that’s the key - to share it face to face, day to day, by word of mouth. The revolution will not be online ;-)

Can’t get enough of #market scenes. #Spices, medicinal herbs, and all kinds of local products. #Xizhou #Yunnan #village #China #travel http://ift.tt/1tYluy6

Can’t get enough of #market scenes. #Spices, medicinal herbs, and all kinds of local products. #Xizhou #Yunnan #village #China #travel http://ift.tt/1tYluy6

And this morning it’s off to ancient #village #Xizhou for some old houses, winding alleys and markets. #yunnan #China #travel http://ift.tt/1tZwV4I

And this morning it’s off to ancient #village #Xizhou for some old houses, winding alleys and markets. #yunnan #China #travel http://ift.tt/1tZwV4I