When I saw the Mona Lisa/Sistene Chapel it was surrounded by a stream of ~50 people with flashbulbs constantly firing and talking loudly. That sort of distortion of an environment can be difficult to ignore. It sounds like the author had a similar experience, and if that happens to you, you might find that the thing that grabs your attention most is how everyone's constant photography can degrade an experience.
Sure, it might be the same complaint, but if the severity is 100x worse it holds more weight. And if Instagram is the main vehicle for this behavior, then it is a fair target of criticism.
For another example of the effects of smartphone-enabled-social-media, check out some youtube crowd shots from concerts before 2000 and ones from today. Obvious is emergence of masses of people looking through phones and holding up phones; a bit less obvious and a bit more worrisome is that folks seem generally less excited to be there.
You write "Mona Lisa/Sistene Chapel" as if these were connected to each other, but they're not. They are in two different countries. And photography is not allowed in the Sistine Chapel, so it's very unlikely that you are recalling this incident correctly.
Regarding the Sistine Chapel - you're right, photography is not allowed and I overrepresented the flashes when grouping it in with the Mona Lisa. But during my 5 minute visit I saw 3 different flashes and heard 3 different exclamations from Vatican staff "No pictures!", which was plenty disruptive.
The crowd in front of the Mona Lisa was a bit louder but still very quiet. Many people were taking photos but there were signs up, and people around to remind you, that flash photography was prohibited.
Neither experience was as tranquil as I would have liked to take in such awesome works of art but it didn't bother me much because it honestly felt like everyone there was doing their best to not disturb everyone else's experience. I guess that's just the nature of visiting two of the most famous works of art on the planet.
Fun fact: Some producers that use digital recording systems will mix in analog noise because the noise itself can be very pleasing in the right dosage. In this way it is used more like an effect rather than an inherent limitation of the recording process.
To quote Daniel Rutter: "[B]etter-mastered music will sound better on cassette than badly-mastered music would at a zillion bits per second."
The outer grooves have relatively more fidelity (needle moving faster) than the inner grooves, so the master may be progressively tweaked to add more high end as the content gets closer to the inner groove. The closer you get to the inner groove, the lower the playback fidelity.
12" Singles have larger groove spacing so you can slam them way harder than an LP. There is a greater margin of error and less chance of the cutting lathe skipping or hopping during cutting the master.
The process for creating stereo vinyl recordings is pretty much a compromise that allows stereo content while maintaining compatibility with mono playback equipment. This results in another series of compromises/limitations in the mix, like severely limiting the amount of truly stereo content. Extremely loud or bass heavy content that is panned wide would cause the cutting lathe to skip, etc.
Not true. The more productive and effective candidate is the more desirable hire.
So this nice "Who am I?" trick only shows an intersection of my interest with those of the author. e.g. its completely missing my 3 main hobbies, as sailing, sewing and vaping had not been on his list of selected sites.
However, I could only include high-level, reasonable common interests, as including more would cause there to be too many squares.
Here's a place to start: http://www.usa.gov/topics/consumer/scams-fraud/report-fraud....
So I'd say, report, report, report. Scammers and spammers go on for too long because people brush it off. The worst thing you can do to an email spammer is take the time to mark it as spam. The worst thing you can do to a scammer is to report it to the government - some justice department and/or federal and state representatives. Articles like this make it seem like nobody is doing anything, but with a bit of digging you'd find that consumer protection agencies and state and federal legislatures have been passing laws regularly to combat scamming/spamming/predatory loans.
If everyone were trained, it wouldn't be so bad... which leads me back to better driver's ed at high speeds, like in non US countries.