Extra blog 2: Debord

“Pheed, an Instagram-like app that gives users the option to monetize their own content by charging followers to see their posts, gained more users than any other app in the United States on Thursday. By Thursday morning, Pheed had jumped to the ninth most downloaded social-networking app in Apple’s iTunes store, just ahead of LinkedIn.”

Nicole Perlroth. 2012. “Instagram does an About Face”. New York Times. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/20/instagram-does-about-face-reverts-to-previous-policy/?_r=0

“The spectacle is not a collection of images, but a social relation among people, mediated by images.” Debord’s theory of what was going to happen to our society became very true with applications and websites such as Instagram. Instagram fits Debords description perfectly and I know this because I am daily Instagram user. Through this article i learned about the application called Pheed, which is much like Instagram, except users can decide to charge their followers in order to see their content. This takes the social relations among people one step further and even puts a price on their connection. I am curious to see if more social media applications start to take on this concept of applying price tags to internet material in order to make it more exclusive.

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One thought on “Extra blog 2: Debord

  1. Monetizing social media seems to be an increasingly common activity, I wonder how that affects the type of content produced and how we interact with it.

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