With ubiquity, is photography losing meaning?

Posted September 17, 2014 at 7:04 pm

By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

Of all the changes that technology has brought into our lives, I am the most conflicted about those associated with photography. I absolutely do not miss being held hostage to the price of film and developing it. And I certainly do not want to go back to the days of locking myself in the darkroom and fumbling around in the blackness, wrapping film on reels, splashing around in icky chemicals, and printing pictures.

With digital, even the most inept photographer is likely to end up with decent photos just because you can snap them in unlimited numbers, and then erase the card and start all over again. Time is no longer a factor. If a Russian bomber crashes in the village square, I can capture the scene and upload it to our

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    Rural life more complicated than popular depictions

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    I was cruising from Ontario to Kendall last week when it occurred to me that I was mentally checking off what I knew about many of the places I passed by.

    I suppose if one lives in the same place for long enough, one builds up a dossier, a mental file cabinet of sorts, filled with knowledge about our fellow travelers in life. Running a newspaper

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    Report gives view of Wisconsin that gubernatorial candidates may not address

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    Labor Day is over, which means the usual: go back to school, change the furnace filter, and prepare to clean out the garden.

    Luckily for us, here in Wisconsin we can look forward to a gubernatorial election. Despite both campaigns’ best efforts to stir us up with misleading ads, few of us have been paying attention. Hey, it’s summer. Baseball, brats and beaches are a lot more alluring than either Scott Walker or Mary Burke.

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    N-O-W's $1.2 million loss in federal aid cannot be recovered easily

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    You can’t really blame the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School Board. After all, wouldn’t your curiosity be piqued had you learned that you had been shortchanged more than a million dollars?

    Consequently, when board members discovered that a change in school district boundaries due to the detachment of the Wilton area in 1999 had never been reported to the U.S Census Bureau, they wanted to know who had dropped

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    1930s textbook reflects Wisconsin's dramatic changes

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    I was rummaging around on a dust-covered shelf in the office last week when I came across a book someone had dropped off at one time called “Home Regions of Wisconsin.”

    Ah, just in time for our back-to-school issue, and just in time for an editor who has no column ideas.

    I’m not certain which age group the book was destined for, but fifth or sixth grade is probably a good guess. According to

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    Will Wal-Mart come to dominate medical care?

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    Has the Wal-Marting of America been good or bad for the average citizen? Certainly we all like lower prices and one-stop shopping. But with Wal-Mart’s dominance, the mom-and-pop stores that catered to the family’s need for clothing, shoes, household appliances, books and hardware disappeared. In their place, Main Street filled up with tattoo parlors, dental offices and insurance agencies.

    With most of that market in the

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    Drug, alcohol abuse not in short supply locally

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    Whenever I find myself totally disgusted with the newspaper business, as I did last week, when we ran two page 2′s, I remind myself that one could be in a worse career. Pumping septic tanks and law enforcement usually come to mind. Both jobs bring one face to face with the unattractive side of humanity.

    That point was driven home on Thursday evening, when I agreed to man the refreshment stand for the Ontario Community Club.

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