Thanks to smart phones and social media, it’s no longer enough to just photo an event. Proof of attendance is becoming the norm. 


In 2013, a great image visualised the dramatic rise of smart phones with both built-in cameras and near-pervasive Internet connectivity, or rather their impact on the behaviour of crowds at events.

Two papal elections separated by eight years revealed the change:

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Source: Huffington Post

A recent news article on the BBC about the Mona Lisa highlighted what the crowd would look like if there were a papal election today….

Mona_Lisa_selfie

Source: BBC News

This time, many of them would be facing the other way!

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