You brought up an interesting point that resonated with me. You stated:
“ While this [Snapchat] might allow for a more experience for itself kind of situation it also sheds light on the very tension or the fine line that technological changes to our memory and our temporary ephemeral relationship with technology create.”
If Snapchat is a response against the permanency of Facebook, how is the temporary photograph a protest against time? How is Snapchat a protest against “experience for social media” versus “experience for it’s own sake?” I think a good example of this are people at concerts. I’m guilty myself when I snap a photo here and there but for those who record the entire experience with their smartphone in hand, without looking at the actual band, is a little annoying. Photography or capturing the moment is a death in of itself because we lose our connection with the experience itself — it’s dead. Photography also preserves life because it acts as an archive — it gives us the ability to reflect back on what was lost, which is time if you think of time in a linear sense.
I think Snapchat and its ephemerality makes us think of life as a temporary moment. It can put us in perspective that we are not immortal beings.