social media

I Connect Therefore I am.

‘iConnect therefore I am.’ My photographic response to the Social Identity debate and Sherry Turkles TED talk. 

Available at: 

http://www.ted.com/talks/sherry_turkle_alone_together

Discussion Topic:

https://daniellepughvisualexploration.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/social-identity/

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Social Identity.

How do you think the role of photography in our culture is changing, when you think about how it is being used on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr etc? I’m particularly interested to hear your opinions on how you think photography, particularly self portrait photography, is being used to define an individual’s identity. How is our ‘identity’ constructed through the choice of photographs we post online? 

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/04/07/self_portrait

My Response:

As humans from early Greeks to modern day we have demonstrated an interest in self-exploration. Our current ‘selfie’ craze is a revolution, which reinforces our social identity over the Internet. Sociological research shows that humans are only capable of intimately knowing 150 people, due to social networking we feel we ought to share with more, as man is a social creature and the thought of loneliness drives us mad.

The problem being is we’re rapidly collecting online friends and not distancing quantity vs. quality. In a world where time is money and we are pressured to achieve more, when it comes to socializing it takes place in real life, in real time where you cannot control how you look or what you say. We’re obsessed with building an online persona so we can present ourselves as we want to be seen, we can edit and therefore delete. We can share pictures of when we look our best; it’s endless personal promotion.

However, sacrificing mere connection for conversation is what makes us feel lonely, we claim to have all these online friends but how many of them can you spend a day with, how many can you have a personal conversation with? We share to feel connected, to define ourselves and to feel less alone but in fact it’s doing the exact opposite as you loose physical human interaction.

Technology is rapidly changing who we are as we feel more and more lonely and vulnerable we turn to social media for what we believe to be stability, a controlled network of friends. Sharing a ‘selfie’, getting likes and comments makes one feel good about themselves but what is the actual value of this? We’re slowly forgetting how to physically interact socially face to face with one another, as we feel more comfortable hiding and controlling who we are via technology.

#Hashtags.

Proof that hashtags, tags and self promotion get’s your work seen!

An unexpected share from the Roman Road’s facebook page of my short review has motivated me to focus my main review for the project on this show. Without sending my short review to them I found by ‘liking’ their facebook page that their social media team has read my short review and shared it, which unexpectedly made me feel quite proud.

I have decided I will write my main review on this show as out of all the shows I have seen in 2014 this one has been occupying my mind the most. The seriousness of the powerful work displayed and curated in this particular way at Roman Road has a overwhelming affect on ones state of mind. Although quite dark issues I feel they are extremely important and raising awareness of this can perhaps help to eliminate aspects of these horrific situations the refugees face. In order for an individual to simply better their life is absurd to think that some people have no choice but to risk death before the opportunity arises.

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Even This Will Pass, short review available at: https://daniellepughvisualexploration.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/even-this-will-pass/