Announcing the winner of our annual Cover of The Year contest has us in the magazine cover spirit. So it’s nice to see that The New Yorker has started 2014 off right, with a great illustration by Chris Ware.
Ware writes that the cover — titled “All Together Now” — shows how some people are addicted to documenting special moments, instead of merely experiencing them live:
Sometimes, I’ve noticed with horror that the memories I have of things like my daughter’s birthday parties or the trips we’ve taken together are actually memories of the photographs I took, not of the events themselves, and together, the two somehow become ever more worn and overwrought, like lines gone over too many times in a drawing. The more we give over of ourselves to these devices, the less of our own minds it appears we exercise, and worse, perhaps even concomitantly, the more we coddle and covet the devices themselves.