Beyonce advertising Pepsi
As the semester is coming to an end, it’s a time to reflect on all the previous lectures that have inspired me to blog. Among the numerous lectures we have had throughout the year, the ones that speak about consumerism and what we see all around us, influencing us even though we might not want to acknowledge it.
Celebrities have more impact on society than we think they do. Even if we don’t want to give in to their media frenzy, they’re still a walking advertisement. Even if we don’t read the gossip magazines and blogs, they still advertise for pepsi, chocolate, hair products, Carl’s Jr, you name it. Celebrity endorsements, even if they’re not in our face on billboards or in commercials, paparazzi photos are a discreet way of advertisement. When a celebrity is photographed with a product, it’s always strategically shown with the label in the front.
All this ties up with the concept of trying to “fit in” from the beginning of class. We watched American Psycho and saw the struggle of Christian Bale’s character trying to fit in with his coworkers, and in life in general. He felt like he needed to embody this perfect persona and did what ever he needed possible to maintain that image. It also ties in with Fight Club, and how the main character struggles with fitting into society. He feels like it’s almost a chore to do, with buying furniture he doesn’t need and dressing to impress people he doesn’t even care about.
You are what you purchase, is a quote that relates to consumerism and the idea of “fitting in”. The clothes doesn’t make a person, but it’s the style and vibe the person will give off because they are wearing those clothes. It can be a new handbag, shoes, designer duds or even designer knock offs and it’s the confidence that makes a person. I don’t necessarily feel that it’s the materialistic things that make a person, but the way those things make you feel that makes a person.
It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t post a picture from the “stupidest facebook posts ever”. There are worse, but I figured this should explain why young girls should not have social media accounts. There’s an age for everything and social media should be taken more seriously when it comes to kids because at times they don’t know how to make the right decisions about posting certain things.
An example of what get’s posted online and what doesn’t. People post the expectation pictures rather than the reality pictures because it portrays them in a better light. Nobody wants an unflattering picture of themselves floating around the web.
Ironic isn’t it?
More than ever our generation is consumed in the digital world. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, and this list can go on and on and on. The age to when one acquires a social media account seems to be getting younger and younger and younger too. Nowadays, it’s weird if you don’t have any type of social media account.
Social media accounts can arguably be called a type of get away from reality. On the world wide web, you can be anybody that your heart desires to be without anybody knowing who you really are deep down inside. You can create an outlet from the stresses of real life, an escape. People can lose themselves through social media because they worry too much about how others perceive them, than staying true to themselves. Video games like The Sims allow for people to create their own avatars and situations. Online, you can be anybody you want to be and you won’t be judged for it. Games like Grand Theft Auto, allow for users to go through scenarios like robbing a bank or doing a drive by without the consequences of real life. They get the thrills without the punishment, and what’s not to like about that.
The internet is a place where people can come together without ever physically interacting with each other. Online dating is not as taboo as it used to be a couple of years ago. Recently, I have personally discovered more and more people are using online dating sites to find their significant others. I know of a girl who actually married someone that she met online. Another girl I know says online dating is great because you basically know what you’re getting right off the bat. True and not true. True, if and only if, the person whom you are seeking is honest about what they put on their profile. Because I have also heard some stories of people actually meeting, and the other person looking “nothing like their profile picture”.
Whether it’s a dating site, Facebook, or Twitter, people will always try to portray themselves in a better light, if not as a totally different person. It has become almost a competition in how many followers or how many likes you have in your posts across your social media accounts too. People will always strive to be liked because that’s just human nature. We all want to be accepted and wanted, and that’s that. By persuading others and even themselves that their “internet self” is real, at times one can become lost in the digital world and have a hard time accepting their real life. I think that’s where the real problem can be, but if you are able to separate the digital world with the real world, then the internet can be good ol’ harmless fun.