Analysis on Article One

Concepts:

External Validation

Purpose of Posting Online

Instagram Etiquette

Summary:

The author of the article argued that Beyonce’s choice to only portray positive aspects of her life on social media was the most appropriate way one could use social media. Beyonce’s ideology, regarding the matter, was deemed something everyone should follow.

Quotations:

“It all feels like harmless fun, but our online lifestyles have begun to make a real impact in our offline worlds, a trend that doesn’t seem to be reversing.”

“Social media has, in its own way, provided us a means of generating other selves. We just haven’t yet learned to set them free. Beyoncé has.”

Commentary:

These quotes were chosen because I agree with the author’s claim that our online personas are crucial to our society. However, I disagree with the claim that Beyoncé is someone that has “mastered the art of social media.” In my opinion, social media is what you make of it. You get out of it what you put into it, if you play your cards right. While Beyoncé only illustrates the positive aspects of her life, another person may want to illustrate the negatives. Many use social media as a way to receive validation from others to improve their own insecurities. Does it make them wrong to portray their insecurities online? No. It’s simply their decision. The beauty of the internet and social media is that they’re defined by every culture in existence. No matter what you do, you will find an audience if you seek one out. Therefore, any sort of content can be deemed noteworthy by another. Everything is subjective. The idea that one person can define how everyone should portray themselves is simply close minded. There is no right or wrong in how you portray yourself, as long as you are happy with the end result and you are not harming other people.