I was flicking through Flipbook last night when this illustration by Ani Castillo jumped out at me…
It got me thinking, this image doesn’t just apply to bloggers. Do you ever skim through instagram and twitter and feel overwhelmed by people’s perfect, self-edited lives?
We’re all at it these day’s aren’t we?
The journalist and blogger Kate Bevan was on BBC Breakfast this morning talking Instagram, she said that she finds that her timeline swamped by images so heavily altered using filters that they no longer look anything like the original subject. And she’s not wrong.
But being authentic online is actually quite hard. Everything has to be filtered at some point, for example, if I’m taking a picture of my dogs I’m pretty sure you don’t want to see my dirty washing in the background so why not make things look better than they are. But are we taking things too far? There’s something about the perfectness of lifestyle blogs and instagrams that just don’t seem…real.
Maybe it’s time to start getting real?
Tell me, when was the last time you were truly authentic online? Has social media killed authenticity? Do leave a comment…
PS: If you’re coming to ignite tonight, I’m talking all about negative comments online & will see you there!