This clipboard picture is more evidence of what I blogged about earlier this week — i.e. the visual effect that Instagram has wrought on me. I’ve probably used this clipboard dozens of times in the last few months, but when it was sitting on the kitchen table today I wondered what it would look like as a slightly altered picture. So I took a close-up, hit the “Lomo-fy” filter on Instagram, and boom: Whoa! I’d before never noticed the pattern of scratches, or the odd, teensy blobs of ink … or the crepuscular, grainy quality of the cardboardy wood. Duuude.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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