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.”

 

The new realities of VR and retail 

™”In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation.”

~Guy Debord. The Society of The Spectacle §1. 1970 (1967)

“Virtual reality has long occupied only gaming and science fiction realms. But now that the technology is available, is it a fit for retail?” 

Source: The new realities of VR and retail | Retail Dive

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

Unpacking the Apple-Met Museum Fashion Collaboration – WSJ

Here’s a timely and interesting article that could have been the basis for much of our discussion so far. “Death of Fashion,” Post-modern condition, art in the age of mechanical reproduction, McLuhan, and on and on…
~KA

Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive, Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute Curator Andrew Bolton speak with the WSJ about their upcoming exhibit on fashion and technology.

Source: Unpacking the Apple-Met Museum Fashion Collaboration – WSJ

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

Behind the curve, the closed world of haute couture calls in the geeks 

Wish I had read this before class today… Quote of the day:

“But things are changing, and some industry insiders are now predicting the demise of this exhausting and indulgent showcase of designer theatrics as its relevance in an era of fashion democracy, instant gratification and tech innovation is questioned. The fashion formula has, frankly, become tired, and the industry is starting to lag behind others in its lack of creative vision”

Says the Guardian: The haute couture industry has shunned technology for years. But the defection of Apple Music’s boss to a major luxury house suggests things are changing fast

Here’s the article: Behind the curve, the closed world of haute couture calls in the geeks | Fashion | The Guardian

As Apple Watch launches, smartwatch app makers explore new interfaces | Technology | The Guardian

A McLuhan moment, or just hype? The APPLE WATCH is coming! OMG!OMG! (Or is it a Segway…?)
Quotation of the day:
“It wouldn’t surprise me if folks eventually began watching videos on the watch — people will watch videos on anything — but at the start, the watch seems like it provides you with quick feedback, small bits of information that you can transact on. Deeper actions will occur on the phone.”
Fast, fast, fast, eh? It’s an interesting point to consider where this will go IF it takes off and lower-priced competitors start to show up (and better battery life.) The screen is the thing, but now….?
As Apple Watch launches, smartwatch app makers explore new interfaces | Technology | The Guardian.