The idea of the filter. Instagram is a perfect example of this. The app comes preloaded with filters to mute, highlight, brighten, and focus. These filters can make your photo appear better than you took it originally. But what is the main focus of a filter? To show something that isn’t real. We all use filters everyday. I put on makeup to filter my uneven and acne scarred skin. We use filters in conversations so we don’t seem rude or different. There are many different types of filters we encounter in our everyday lives. What do they all have in common? We use them to create a false sense of reality.
What about technology’s filters. Just like a coffee filter stops the ground beans from getting in to your hot mug of coffee a spam filter stops all of those annoying unwanted emails from landing in your inbox. Twitter filters your thoughts by only giving you 140 characters to type out a thought. Reddit and Yelp filter out comments based on which ones they think are the most important or most helpful.
Photo filters are a way to change our perception of something. We see our faces in the mirror everyday. But when we take a selfie and use a filter it changes our perception of ourselves and allows us to appreciate it in a new way. Filters aren’t just for likes or comments. Filters allow us to see everyday things in a new light.
This idea of filters is fascinating to me. I realized that I used a filter while in conversation with particular people. I have used Instagram filters to make colors pop or brighten an image. I just didn’t realize how much technology filters us. I also didn’t realize how filters were used to improve our everyday lives. Getting your message across in 140 characters is a filter that allows us to edit and only say the most important things. Filters are everywhere and most of the time they are very useful.
The experimental Instagram before smartphones:
Artists are usually the type of people who think of things before everyone else. Szuc’s art exhibition of polaroid pictures taken everyday for 15 years is amazing. She let down her walls and allowed herself to be vulnerable to take selfies before the word was entered in to the English dictionary. She took pictures of her everyday life and of what she thought was interesting. She was following the design of Instagram before smartphones were invented. I think this is such a smart project. She wanted to see time lapse and this is the only way she knew how to do it.
Years later, Youtube is created and now young people are creating time lapse videos. Photos taken of themselves over the course of a few years were made in to videos and went viral. No one before had seen such progression of time with photos. Progression videos became a phenomenon on youtube and many users found new and interesting ways to document the passing of time.
This chapter explains that profile pictures are a representation of one’s true self. I agree and disagree with this statement. I believe that most people put up a picture that they believe is the truest representation of themselves. A picture on vacation or smiling with friends. Others want to look better or different for their online profile so they doctor a selfie by using different camera angles, mood lighting and filters. This can create the illusion one wants their image to have. I agree that most people want to show their true selves online. I in particular have a picture of me and my boyfriend. At first glance you would think that I chose that photo because it is my favorite or that I really like showing of my relationship. Neither of those things are true. Yes, I am happy with my boyfriend but I don’t believe that I need him to be my profile picture to brag about how good I think we both look. I had a picture of just me on one of my recent vacations as my profile picture. The non stop messages I would get from men I have never met got so annoying that I knew the only way it would stop was if I put up a picture with me and my boyfriend in it. Now, is that the truest form of myself? Who is to judge? I just chose it to stop the messages from strangers. I still get a few from time to time but its much less than before.
This chapter explained why selfies can be important. I have never looked at selfies in this light before. I am not a fan of selfies. I don’t take them, I don’t post them, and I don’t need the confidence boost from likes or comments. That doesn’t mean that I don’t see why other people take them and post them. Selfies are a culturally excepted phenomenon now. Selfies have become part of some peoples identification. I can’t stand the attention the Kardashians get but Kim has made a name based on her notorious selfies. I guess I can’t hate her for knowing how to brand herself and remain popular.