ANNIVERSARIES AND ONE-OFF’S

Another very broadly themed topic here: taking in a disparate and eclectic mixture of events, covering everything from Royal Weddings and Anniversaries to giant mechanical beasts roaming the streets. Really, the communities we’re celebrating here are those that come out to the streets to share in the experience of a rare and immersive occasion.

However, the relentless evolution of affordable personal technology has significantly impacted on how we now experience major events. The Sultan’s Elephant weekend in Spring 2006 drew ever-increasing crowds after a comparatively modest launch, largely by word of mouth. Now, the ability to instantly spread information with an image or message would have resulted in a vast audience arriving almost immediately had the Sultan and friends visited more recently. The communal experience is, I imagine, somewhat diminished when surrounded by a mass of raised arms recording the event on mobile devices, but that’s progress …