Instagram my Life (how we’ve all become airbrushed models)

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The magazine industry has long been slammed for its propagation of perfect air-brushed images.

And so it should be.

The criticism does not stem from society’s inability to appreciate art, but rather from the fact that we understand that what we (and teenage girls in particular) see in magazines, helps to define our sense of ‘normal.’

I’d like to propose that we can no longer point the finger exclusively at Hollywood and the magazine industry for giving us a distorted sense of normal. While we may not be reshaping our appearance to the same extent that these industries do, social media, and, in particular Instagram, has enabled each of us to put forward our own perfectly ‘altered’ version of our lives.

Instead of seeing each other for who we really are, we are assailed daily by images that have been composed, cropped, filtered, adjusted and selected from dozens more that didn’t make the cut.

We’ve Instagrammed our lives and in the process we’re re-defining normal. We’re building a discrepancy between ‘real me’ and ‘media me’ and we’re finding it hard to live up not only to the images of others, but even the images of ourselves.

I’m concerned that this ‘masked’ version of ourselves not only conceals an insecure and broken reality, but provokes envy and feelings of inadequacy in others.

So, before we post that perfect picture, maybe it’s worth asking: what message am I trying to send the world about myself and my reality?

What Happens After the Movie Ends?

stockvault-glamour-portrait132357Ever wonder what happens after the movie ends?

After My Best Friend’s Wedding did Julia Roberts go on to discover that she’d only imagined herself in love with her best friend for a few days when she couldn’t have him, and that after the wedding all died down, she remembered why they’d been ‘just friends?’

After Kathleen sacrificed her store, did she and Joe really settle down beneath the canopy of  ‘Big bad Fox Books’ and live happily ever after? Was neither tempted, in the monotony of life, to find someone new and exciting on the internet who may offer them, oh so romantically, a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils?

Did Frodo settle down and have a family and reminisce, on occasion, of that great journey which had once seemed so epic, and yet now was merely the questionably exaggerated tale of an old Hobbit?

Did the film end just in time when Will and April were reunited in Definitely Maybe, before we could see that another month would prove the relationship impossible?

The world of film seems so fantastic. Our lives are so far removed from the romantic, exciting and engaging plots of the screen… or are they?

 In reality the Hollywood scripts are often not so different from our own. It’s just that our own lives carry on, after the final curtain, and we get to see what happens after the movie ends.