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Instagram's Envy Effect

Instagram's Envy Effect
I keep having the same conversation over and over. It starts like this: “I gave up Facebook for Lent, and I realized I’m a lot happier without it.” Or like this, “Pinterest makes me hate my house.” Or like this: “I stopped following a friend on Instagram, and now that I don’t see nonstop snapshots of her perfect life, I like her better.” Yikes. I’m not anti-technology or anti-Internet, certainly, but I do think it’s important for us to remind ourselves from time to time that watching other peoples’ post-worthy moments on Facebook is always going to yield a prettier version of life than the one you’re living right now. When you’re waiting for your coffee to brew, the majority of your friends probably aren’t doing anything any more special. My life looks better on the Internet than it does in real life. Because community—the rich kind, the transforming kind, the valuable and difficult kind—doesn’t happen in partial truths and well-edited photo collections on Instagram. I’m a writer. Related:  the perfect instagramSocial Roles/Food For Thought

The Agony of Instagram Photo Erin Wurzel, 26, thought she had plenty to feel thankful about this Thanksgiving weekend: she is engaged to a great guy (and was spending the holiday with his family), working on a her first novel and taking French with an eye to moving to Paris someday. Then she checked her Instagram feed. One friend had posted a Martha Stewart-worthy photo of her “mashed potato bar” featuring 15 spud-filled martini glasses artfully arranged in a pyramid, alongside a matching pyramid of bowls of homemade condiments. Another friend had posted a close-up of a cranberry barrel, with a sieve scooping up a Technicolor explosion of the crimson fruit above the caption, “Last-minute grocery run.” A third posted her holiday table setting in Paris, complete with burning candles, rolled napkins with napkin rings, an open Champagne bottle, a huge centerpiece of fall flowers and the illuminated Eiffel Tower framed in a casement window. “I let out an ‘Oh, my God! It’s called Instagram envy, and Ms. Ms. Ms.

How Instagram Is Changing the Way Brands Look at Photography, Online and Beyond Call it the "Instagram Effect"—that filtered, shadowed, sharpened, brightened, tilted, faded, structured, saturated way of seeing life through a lens. It's changed the way people portray themselves and see others. And it's having the same impact on brands. Design teams are beginning to see the benefit of moving away from over-lit, over-staged and generally over-edited photography for their campaigns and instead are favoring a more organic (albeit filtered) look and feel that matches the medium—on Instagram itself, obviously, but also in print and across an array of other media. "We kind of call it 'perfectly imperfect,'" said Nathan Iverson, evp and design director at Deutsch LA. "People will call you out pretty easily if your food looks overly propped or overly perfect because that's not how it is." Iverson said Instagram certainly isn't pioneering the use of effects, but it is resurrecting and evolving an old-school aesthetic. Not every agency sees Instagram as the cause of this shift.

Christopher Columbus was awful (but this other guy was not) Sources: All of the information in this essay came from A People's History of the United States, by Howard Zinn, and Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James W. Loewen, both of which uses primary sources such as eyewitness accounts, journal entries, and letters from Christopher Columbus himself. A very important note about Bartolomé de las Casas and the African slave trade This issue keeps coming up and, despite my footnotes, I keep seeing commentary about it so I'm going to address it here. I soon repented and judged myself guilty of ignorance. I know that the discovery of the New World means a lot of different things to a lot of different cultures. But please, oh please do not call it Columbus Day. Less than a year after the publication of this comic, Columbus Day was renamed to Indigenous People's Day in Seattle.

The Instagram effect: How the psychology of envy drives consumerism Editor's note: This article is part of "The Ten Today," a series that examines the Ten Commandments in modern society. This story explores the tenth commandment: "Thou shalt not covet." It's hard to say how many hours a week Erin Wilson spends on social media. She's on Twitter, Facebook and a sprinkling of online dating apps, but her favorite is the photo-sharing social network app Instagram. Wilson, a professional stage actress and singer, leads what looks like a glamorous life traveling with Broadway shows like "Wicked" and "Sister Act," and she has two Instagram accounts: a personal account that documents her everyday life performing or living in New York City, and one that chronicles her home shopping trips. Wilson is a savvy user of social media, but she's a consumer, too. "You see it once and you think, 'That's cute.' There's a term for this. Peer pressure "If you think about 100 years ago, people would go to the town dance and see what the Jones' are doing. Susan T. Reality check

Is Instagram changing the world? Much of the platform's appeal lies in it simplicity, hence developers have changed very little since its inception. But with the introduction of sponsored posts it feel like Instagram is at something of a crossroads. Will it lose its idiosyncratic creative spirit or simply push on to the next level with a whole host of new features? Only time will tell, but let's get serious for a minute and forget the filtering fun and unobtainable constructed reality, and examine how Instagram really is changing the world. The best Instagram accounts are aspirational, but they also tell a story. Designers and brands are responding to a desire for storytelling, inviting their Instagram followers into a previously closed world. "It's democratising fashion," says Eva Chen, former editor-in-chief of Lucky Magazine and now Instagram's Head of Fashion Partnerships. Art Art and fashion are gloriously intertwined currently, and Instagram is helping to open the former to a wider audience too. Travel Food Fame

The Real Reason We Need to Stop Trying to Protect Everyone’s Feelings Like every kid, I was forced to read Fahrenheit 451 in high school. If you’d asked me what it was about before last week, I would have told you: “Firemen who burn books.” And if you’d asked me why on earth they did that, I would have answered just as confidently: “Because a tyrannical government wanted them to.” There is a trend afoot to conveniently remember the works of authors like Ray Bradbury and Aldous Huxley as warnings against distant totalitarianism and control. But this only scratches the surface of what these books are about. Earlier this year a community college student in San Bernardino protested being required to read a Neil Gaiman graphic novel in one of her classes. While these conservative complaints about the content of books is unfortunately as old as time. A Rutgers student has proposed putting trigger warnings on The Great Gatsby. In August, Jezebel ran the headline “Holy Shit, Who Thought This Nazi Romance Novel Was a Good Idea?” I don’t mean to cherry pick.

Alexa Chung on a life less glamorous, tiring of NY and having Starbucks meltdown The TV host said the social media site would be 'awful' if it showed reality Nick Grimshaw, Pixie Geldof and Poppy Delevingne are close friends The 31-year-old feels 'exhausted' after six years of living in the Big Apple By Sarah Barns For Mailonline Published: 13:02 GMT, 7 July 2015 | Updated: 15:21 GMT, 7 July 2015 She's got the world's most in-demand fashion designers on speed dial, spends her nights hot-footing from one showbiz bash to the next and counts Nick Grimshaw, Pixie Geldof and Poppy Delevingne amongst her closest friends. But style icon Alexa Chung, 31, insists her life isn't as joyful and exciting as it appears for her 1.8 million followers on Instagram. Speaking to The Telegraph's Stella, the Hampshire-born IT girl revealed, 'No one is as happy as they seem on Instagram. Alexa Chung, pictured at the Stella McCartney Spring 2016 presentation in New York in June, said that 'no one is as happy as they seem on Instagram' Smarten up in a printed shirt like Alexa's

The Branding Power of Fashion Bloggers What do fashion bloggers Chiara Ferragni, Nicole Warne, Aimee Song, Leandra Medine, Garance Dore and Emily Weiss have in common? All are known names in the fashion sphere and all wield enough branding power to influence many millions of consumers. Just recently, SocialBro found that the most influential fashion bloggers had more sway on consumer purchasing decisions than some celebrities and internationally recognised fashion brands such as Vogue. With millions of followers on Twitter and visual rich social media platforms such as Instagram, fashion bloggers do influence the way women and men shop. Fashion bloggers with millions of followers have the power to drive traffic and conversions when fashion brand links are placed on their blogging sites. It is estimated that a collaboration of River Island with Man Repeller could expand River Island’s audience by 223%.

I never noticed how sexist so many children’s books are until I started reading to my kids What happened to Little Black Sambo? As a white girl growing up in West Virginia in the 1970s, I remember it on my childhood bookshelf. It was on my friends' shelves too. It may also have been in the dentist's office, along with Highlights for Children and Joseph and His Coat of Many Colors. It was not on the shelves of the local day care, a center run by an entrepreneurial black woman who saw a business opportunity in the droves of young white mothers who were socialized in the 1950s and '60s to be housewives and then dumped into the workforce by the 1970s economy. I remember the story primarily for its description of the tigers chasing one another round and round a tree until they melt into butter, butter that Sambo's mother uses for a stack of crispy pancakes. "You walk into a bookstore and it's a sea of white. Before the package arrived, I had vaguely entertained the notion of reading it to my sons— I hate to waste a book — but a single glance drove the thought from my mind.

Chompoo Baritone's photo series serves as a reminder that all those fancy Instagram photos are not what they seem Instagram is a place for scrolling through stunning photos of patterned floors, pledging your support for an acquaintance's engagement with a double tap, and feeling a little bit crap about your current outfit of old holey t-shirt and world's comfiest jogging bottoms. Nothing to make you feel like a scruffy, unsuccessful layabout than a perfectly 'grammed pic of someone's perfect #OOTD, organised desk, or wonderfully filtered love life. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below But REMEMBER. Because that person's very orderly working area is just a corner of their secret slob persona. Chompoo Baritone And that totally *zen* picture of someone casually chilling on the beach? "I'm just going to casually push these wrappers from multiple packs of Maryland cookies over to the side of the table, and snap a quick photo of these vegetables. And, of course, behind that casual headstand in the park shot is one very supportive friend. The power of a good crop.

Shift in Power: the Blogger and Vlogger Influence on the World of Fashion | Huffington Post Zoella, Sprinkle of Glitter, Inthefrow, That Pommie Girl; these are all names that are currently having an impact on the world of fashion, and with hundreds of thousands (sometimes millions) of adoring fans it’s no wonder PR companies and brands have switched on to promoting their products through them. However, because of this, there has been a real shift in power when it comes to bloggers and vloggers and they are now celebrities in their own right with real influence over what people buy. Zoella (Zoe Sugg) is the strongest example of this. This shift in power, from the usual advertising platforms to those talking into a camera lens, is a trend dominating the fashion industry currently. When Company magazine enlisted the online star for a cover photo, the magazine enjoyed an 87% increase in web traffic once Zoella announced it to her followers. Lydia Elise Millen is a good example of one of the many bloggers who works closely with fashion brands.

We're Overweight for the Same Reason We're in Debt - Books "The meal is not over when I'm full, the meal is over when I hate myself," jokes Louis CK in his stand-up special Chewed Up. He then compares himself to "normal people," who eat only until they're full, whereas he eats until he's doubled over, feeling like he has maple syrup for blood, asking himself why he'd ever eat so much. Not true that he's not normal. The bit illustrates the hilarious self-deprecation that pervades CK's persona, but it also nicely condenses the psychological realities of contemporary American eating life that existential psychologist Kima Cargill describes in her academic crossover book The Psychology of Overeating. Neurologically and nutritionally, Louis CK probably finds it difficult to stop eating because his food contains enough refined sugar to throw off his brain's ability to determine when his body is full (see Cargill's chapters on sugar and "hyperpalatable" and "ultraprocessed" foods). That's the psychology of our consumption problem.

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