Will Social Media Ruin Modeling? – Vogue

We know that social-media success can be faked—so why is the fashion industry staking so much on it?

Source: Will Social Media Ruin Modeling? – Vogue

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I, narcissist – vanity, social media, and the human condition

If fashion is about creating images for display in society and is adopted on the basis of what we see in the mirror. What happens when all life is lived in front of a mirror?

“Are the likes of Instagram and Facebook turning us all into vain and attention-seeking narcissists, or were we that way to begin with?”

Source: I, narcissist – vanity, social media, and the human condition | World news | The Guardian

And further:

I thought my Instagram was all mine, until the algorithm proved me wrong

I was starting to understand just how much of my life was subsumed by these companies. But that it’s already too late. “Technological change happens slowly,” he said. “It’s like a warming up and by the time you realize it’s hot, you’ve melted.”

 

A disturbing image of Mark Zuckerberg and our virtual reality future | News | Geek.com

And there it is… The McLuhan “flip” at the break point. What if we move from social media taking us outward, extending our bodies into time and space to VR bringing us inward into the virtual world where our bodies and external appearance don’t matter? What happens to fashion in a fully VR world?

Remember this image. It gives us a hint of the potential future of virtual reality. And in it, only Mark Zuckerberg is seen smiling.”

Source: A disturbing image of Mark Zuckerberg and our virtual reality future | News | Geek.com

More here: This photo of Mark Zuckerberg looks bizarre now. It won’t look so bizarre in a few years.

Leave my iPhone alone: why our smartphones are extensions of ourselves | Technology | The Guardian

This is good… An article full of McLuhanisms – and it even references Heidegger. What fun!

Our phones provide connection, communication and knowledge – and have become part of our identities. No wonder privacy violations bother us so much

Source: Leave my iPhone alone: why our smartphones are extensions of ourselves | Technology | The Guardian

Essena O’Neill quits Instagram claiming social media ‘is not real life’ | Media | The Guardian

I can´t make up my mind, whether this is perhaps an indicator of a shift away from the marketed narcissism of social media or just another representation of the same. Clearly the media is still being used as a platform for her, but now its for her views not views of her. Perhaps just an evolution of the girl’s identity being brought to the social-media-sphere. (I.e. Growing up in public…) Worth a check mark in the “McLuhan moment” box…

Australian teenager with more than 612,000 Instagram followers radically rewrites her ‘self-promoting’ history on social media (and launches new website)

Source: Essena O’Neill quits Instagram claiming social media ‘is not real life’ | Media | The Guardian

This Fashion Week Was Twice as Instagrammed as Last Fashion Week

“Twice as Instagrammed” is my phrase of the week. It’s an on line world… Notice that all this Instagramming was not all about the catwalks. Might be interesting to start collecting statistics on who gets shared. (Style leaders, influencers,…)

Source: This Fashion Week Was Twice as Instagrammed as Last Fashion Week – Racked