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Should I shake a Polaroid picture “like

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 17, 2004

Should I shake a Polaroid picture “like a Polaroid picture” as it says in that song?. No.

Reader comments

liaFeb 17, 2004 at 12:07PM

Jason, I’ll give you ten bucks to post a short video of yourself shaking it like a Polaroid picture. Five bucks if you can convince Anil to do it.

GeneFeb 17, 2004 at 1:40PM

I’m in for $10, too.

danFeb 17, 2004 at 3:02PM

has anyone told Andre he’s wrong?

jkottkeFeb 17, 2004 at 4:43PM

Ah, now there’s a collection being taken up. Anyone else wanna throw in some money?

Matt HaugheyFeb 17, 2004 at 4:43PM

put me down for a tenner as well.

TheBradFeb 17, 2004 at 4:49PM

Wait, wait…there’s less money at stake if Anil joins the shakin’? That spit’s not right! I’ll donate $10 to the EFF if both Jason and Anil shake it, and $50 if there’s an actual SX-70 Polaroid Land camera somehow integrated into the festivities.

JadeFeb 17, 2004 at 6:17PM

I’m putting down a fiver (what can I say..I’m not even eleven) if Mr. Kottke and Mr. Dash can both take the shakin’ pics.

wfrazerjrFeb 17, 2004 at 9:43PM

I don’t remember ever shaking a Polaroid picture. I do remember, however, sort of fanning one around in a generally feminine way. I highly doubt this is the method to which Andre 3000 refers.

PelfFeb 17, 2004 at 11:55PM

I heard that Outkast is in talks with Poloriod to use their song “Hey Ya” in one of their camera commericals.

nateFeb 18, 2004 at 12:49AM

i like CNN’s take on the matter:

Polaroid said its film should be laid on a flat surface and shielded from the wind, and that users should avoid bending or twisting their pictures. Of course, “lay it on a flat surface like a Polaroid picture,” doesn’t sound nearly as cool.

James RobertsFeb 18, 2004 at 7:47AM

I thought Polaroid filed a Chapter 11? I wonder what happened there.

MacDaraFeb 18, 2004 at 8:45AM

Polaroid did go bankrupt. Polaroid is kinda like what Atari is today: Atari was bought by Infogrames, then Infogrames decided to change their name to Atari. Same name, same products, maybe even same staff, but different company.

AndyFeb 18, 2004 at 1:18PM

“lay it on a flat surface like a Polaroid picture” has a particular imagery attached to it, too. Kind of.

RolandFeb 19, 2004 at 1:36AM

So will you do it, Jason?

Jake AssFeb 19, 2004 at 2:27AM

guys, what if I do it, will tenners be sent to me?

LeifFeb 19, 2004 at 5:27AM

I wasn’t aware that people even used Polaroids anymore. When Palm Zire cams, phone cams, and digital cameras in general are available, the whole concept of using one seems a bit silly and superannuated.

MacDaraFeb 19, 2004 at 8:11AM

Leif, you’re missing the point - Polaroids are popular for their aesthetic, not to mention the novelty and the nostalgia value. Also, because they combine the instant gratification of digital photography with the ‘realness’ of analogue, they’re popular with artists. And furthermore, they’re cool in an ironic way. Like trucker hats.

liaFeb 19, 2004 at 1:42PM

Polaroid, shmolaroid. I just want to get some booty shaking on video!

45 bucks guaranteed to you (that’s a new Gamecube game right there!) and at least ten for the EFF, maybe even fifty.

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