Recent essay about Instagram "flattening" one's experience?
December 9, 2019 11:53 AM   Subscribe

I'm trying to find an essay from the past couple of weeks (in something like Vox, or Buzzfeed, I forget where) in which the author talks about how, looking through her Instagram feed over the past year or so, she can't tell what the ups or downs of her life were, because all her posts had the same flat-positive tone. Anyone remember this?
posted by mark7570 to Computers & Internet (3 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
Is it this dropbox interview with Jenny Odell? Or Vox?

She only mentions Insta on the former though: “Life through the filter of Instagram strips away everything that falls outside of the frame. Odell describes it as a ‘kind of narrow quality of experiences as they're portrayed.’ What you’re left with is ‘a product—the clean, finished version of all of these processes that are often hidden.’”

(And I highly recommend her book “How To Do Nothing” bee tee dubs.)
posted by kyliej at 12:05 PM on December 9, 2019


Could it be Tavi Gevinson’s essay?
posted by Hazy Star at 12:11 PM on December 9, 2019 [1 favorite]


Ah just found it: Instagram is broken. It also broke us.

Thanks for the other links, though! And @Hazy Star, yes, Odell's book is great!
posted by mark7570 at 12:17 PM on December 9, 2019 [2 favorites]


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