All posts tagged: social media

A New Window: The Rich Kid$ Of In$tagram

They say that they eyes are the window to the soul but how many of us are really looking at one another and truly seeing each other? Those who take ‘selfies’ and upload them to various social media channels are supposedly sharing their life but what are they really sharing? The only window which modern society deems more worthy to look through is that of a glowing screen. The selfie is the window to narcissism. Sure, selfies can be fun, silly and a great way to capture a particular moment with yourself or those close to you though it can also argued, “selfies seem inherently to contain the most explicit elements of ostentation and self-propagation” (Weiser, 2015). Has the selfie transformed to be so much more than just a peace and pout? Is it really possible that through the impact of social media channels like Instagram, the selfie has become a money-maker and a façade on so many levels? Enter ‘The Rich Kids of Instagram’. This documentary focuses on the lives of incredibly wealthy youth …

1 ‘Like’ = Clicktivism or Slacktivism?

Can a simple ‘like’ spread awareness of an issue? Can uploading or sharing a photo appeal to the ethics or moralities of humans around the world? Well, the answer lies somewhere in between yes and no. In the 21st century, we welcome clicktivism, the use of social media platforms to spread awareness of issues happening around our globe. In our society, so heavily influenced and surrounded by technology, one can understand the impact that clicktivism can have. For example, look at the campaign ‘Bring Back Our Girls’; celebrities and ordinary people alike are uploading photos, spreading the awareness of the recent kidnappings of 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria. Now whilst intentions are good, we must ask ourselves, what good is really coming about in uploading a photo of ones self? I mean, sure, you are spreading awareness of the issue, but are you really contributing in a meaningful way? Personally, I believe we are. When tragedy strikes, humanity is never more together and with social media, we are not only able to connect with individuals on …