Over the past couple of weeks, 5 out 10 of the top trending topics on my Twitter feed have been related to COVID-19. Almost every video I come across on Instagram Stories and TikTok is related to being in isolation — whether it’s a dance challenge, at-home exercise, pet video or banana bread. Why is everyone making banana bread? No seriously, I’m reading reports of a *checks notes* yeast shortage. Yeast shortage?

My social media feeds have been moving faster than ever, and I’ve been posting on social media more than ever. On Day 1 of the lockdown in South…


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When Beyoncé released the visual album Lemonade early in 2016, it was more than just ‘disruptive’ — it ‘broke the internet’. Within hours it was hailed as a ground-breaking contemplation on feminism, blackness, marriage and independence; receiving instant and near-universal acclaim throughout the media (mass and social).

But, just when it looked like everyone had wholeheartedly bought into Beyoncé- branded consciousness, prominent feminist author bell hooks wrote that Lemonade was nothing more than “the business of capitalist money making at its best,” and went on to state that, despite Lemonade being an album seemingly made for…


Vero has entered the game during a turbulent time for social media: Less than a month ago it was announced that, for the first time in their history, Facebook lost over 2 million users under the age of 25. Plagued by fake news, an overload of advertisers, and an algorithmically-controlled newsfeed that hasn’t pleased anyone (except the aforementioned advertisers), it’s begun to look like Facebook could go the way of MySpace. …


When you think about social media activism what do you think about?

Thousands of young South Africans marching upon the Union Buildings, demanding the free education that was promised to them two decades ago? Awkward celebrities holding placards on the red carpet; the solemnity of #BringBackOurGirls absurdly juxtaposed with the frivolity of an awards show? Your aunt overlaying the French flag over her Facebook profile picture before continuing to clog your newsfeed with GIF recipes?

Social media activism is widely regarded as the laziest form of activism, culminating in the derisive portmanteau “slacktivism”. In many ways the title is earned…


Towards the latter half of 2017, a new truth dawned on the internet; or at least on the parts I frequent (Twitter and Reddit, i.e. the amalgamation of the of the internet as a whole): Kim Kardashian’s new sartorial aesthetic wasn’t simply influenced by Kanye West — as the media often reported her looks to be — she was a living, breathing and constantly photographed advertisement for Kanye West’s new clothing line, Yeezy Season 6.

Over the course of the year, she had been consistently photographed running mundane errands like going to McDonald’s, putting gas in her car, and walking…

Diona Stević Marinko

Diona is a strategist, writer and artist from Belgrade, based in Johannesburg. She has an affinity for pop culture, trash TV, lowbrow art and social media.

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