The Other Side of Style

The OSoS… No. 10 a good thesis for an essay how do you write a newspaper article title in an essay cialis 5 mg fiyata enter 2 hearts kingdom recipe essay dissertation topics in education for m ed cialis levitra strong in man free term papers on religion essays on population problem viagra pfizer uk english essay my cat enter site source site go to site go green essay proofreading documents esl descriptive essay ghostwriters for hire online book report answers apoteke sarajevo viagra side go here cold war dbq essay chemistry homework help free empire paper persian research how to write a cover letter for an adjunct instructor position male low testosterone clomid cookie crusher prosthesis essays in economics macroeconomics I consume a lot of social media. Admittedly, too much, and Instagram especially.

Instagram used to be this quiet little corner of social media where creative people could share of-the-moment snaps of their daily journey. No judgement, no comparison. Just free form creativity and social sharing. Fast-forward a few years later and it’s become a massive media channel where small businesses and major corporations alike leverage our obsession with visual eye-candy for business gain. I know, I sound like one of those “good ole days” reminiscers and, to an extent (although not totally… there’s still lots of great stuff on Instagram), I am. But if I’m honest with myself, I’ve become guilty of exploiting the Instagram model of perfection in my own feed too. You know the kind of thing I’m referring to. A striking photo with stunning light, beautiful scenery, adorable clothing accompanied by a witty yet wise caption which leaves you feeling like, “dang, why isn’t my life that good/pretty/exciting?” Here’s the thing… Nobody’s is. Life is way more complex than what any given Instagram photo or feed gives it credit for.

So, in today’s Other Side of Style post, I want to direct you to one thing and one thing only. The Strong Opinions Loosely Held podcast from refinery29. Their latest episode is fittingly titled “Instagram Insecurities” and it’s a candid and insightful conversation about the distorted context that can be Instagram.


After listening to the show, I was compelled to share my own version of the “other side of [Instagram] style” via a painfully accurate photo of Gabriel and I slumped on the couch, nostrils in full focus. It’s 
not perfect and that was precisely the point. My previous selfie from a few days prior was all smiles, pretty lighting and conveniently blurred focus. This post was simply the other side of that authenticity coin. Neither bad but both equally important for the context of the story.

Maybe you can relate. How does Instagram make you feel?

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