Well this has been fun to say the very least, my last blog entry. I learned a lot, how to blog, how to do a Prezi presentation, and how to not be scared of Twitter. Anyway, this last blog post will be about my group’s Pecha Kucha project. We focused on how beauty has become subjected to the tyranny of Photoshop, airbrushing, and just the most impossible standards that can be afforded to women. They make us hold this standard that is not healthy or beneficial to young girls’ self esteem. Our identities have become what morphed into not what we think we should be but what society thinks we should be. Our individualistic tendencies are crushed in favor of more cookie cutter brands that aren’t realistic.
A Walk Through A Slide
During the slide I said, “With the far reach of technology there is something just as dangerous coming after these easily manipulated, gullible girls: sexual predators.” These girls don’t realize just how much their need to be physically appealing makes them targets. It could incite violent reactions just because “not bodies touched” like Dibbell mentioned in his article. It doesn’t mean that girls aren’t affected by these online [malicious] acts.”
I found the picture of the hands reaching out the computer slightly disturbing, but also symbolic. Social media has gotten out completely of control. We also have to be connected, if we aren’t we lose our minds thinking that we might not have access to the great big world out there that we will miss something important and requires our immediate attention. Where some people may use social media for professional means, there are a lot of people who use abuse it. From teenagers using it to cyber bully “unpopular” peers, to sexual predators preying on the weaker people, to regular citizens using it to further spew hatred though the web. No one is safe from vicious attacks and anyone can become a victim.
In Turkle’s article, she was talking about how the MUD games “are laboratories for the construction of identity.” In a way that is what Facebook, Instagram, and other social media has done to society. They have become ingrained so much into our lives that we feel we can’t live without however it makes us sad or depressed because if our lives aren’t as picture perfect as other people show their lives to be and then we feel as if there is something wrong with us because our lives don’t look theirs. It is a vicious cycle that most people don’t seem to understand at the point where they are looking at those happy faces are how many shots it took to get it just right. There is nothing in this life that is picture perfect but we are all capable of trying to put our best foot forward to make others believe that everything is good. My other slide is of a girl with her head buried in her hands after looking at something online. In hindsight, I think I would have put the hands before the girl but done the weight scale first.
What I Learned about my Blog Topic
My group’s blog was about beauty and how the web has helped cultivate society’s unsustainable standards in regards to beauty. The one article that stands out to be is Sherry Turkle’s “Who Am We?” and when she speaks about MUDs. People have taken to hiding behind virtual masks in order to be themselves because they don’t feel as if society will accept them for who they are inside. People lose themselves in these virtual games just like they lose themselves while looking at social media and wanting to be or have something that isn’t theirs in the first place. People’s identities have become linked with that of their social media outlet.
To be honest, the readings did not specifically do much for me in terms of beauty, regular social media did that. It opened my eyes a little to people’s comments under a celebrity’s picture. It could be a pretty decent picture, but people will tear her down because she’s isn’t glammed up to the nines as if the celebrity doesn’t have a right be natural.
Thinking about Deb Roy’s “Birth of Word” video gives me an idea about beauty and the web. His son picked up words around his natural habitat. Over the course of months he started going from gaga to water, I think that could be applied to society’s standards of web. If we can get magazine’s and other publications to STOP photo shopping and airbrushing celebrities on their magazine after a while well we can start rebuilding people’s standards of beauty. It will take time but I think we can do it, if only we put our best effort forward.
One thing this module has taught me is that you never know between Twitter, blogging, and even YouTube. You have the power to reach a lot of people and you never know who can be listening or reading your words. You must be considerate when putting information out there and make sure that it has the power to help and not hinder.