A Selfie A Day Makes The Followers Stay

“Hold on, can we just take a selfie”, is a phrase I find myself saying every single time I go out with friends without fail. Over the past few years, selfies have become something almost everyone with a phone or camera does. In 2013, the term “selfie” was even put in the Oxford Dictionary!

Selfie – A photograph that one has taken on oneself, typically taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media

In order to take the perfect selfie, you must make sure you have good lighting, flawless makeup, position your face in the most flattering angle and make sure you take no less than 20 of the same photo to pick out the best one. If all these things are done correctly, then you are almost guaranteed to get at least 100 likes on each selfie posted on Instagram. If you get the likes, then you get the followers flowing in, leading you straight down the hallway to being “Insta-famous”.

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Selfies have become one of the biggest photography trends of our time. The majority of people post selfies on social media sites to create an image of themselves that they want their friends and everyone else to view them as. Selfies can be seen as a form of control, as you choose when, where and how you take the photo, compared to someone else taking it in bad lighting or when you weren’t ready yet. An invisible set of rules and standards have been made when posting and taking selfies that you need to follow in order to “fit in” or get the most likes and followers.

There are some people who go through great lengths just to make sure that the person in the photo is exactly the person they want people to see. It can be crazy what some people go through to make sure they hide their flaws, in order to curate their best online self. I know some of my friends, and my 16 year old sister in particular can be the biggest culprit of this. My sister and her friends can be very conscious of what is posted on Instagram and Facebook of them, to the point where they end up yelling at each other saying “omg no stop this is so gross” or “omg that was my bad side, take another one”, and then they go through the process of making people untag them in photos and even delete them if they think its that bad.

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Is all the stuff that people go through to post the perfect selfie really worth it? Petya Eckler, of the University of Strathclyde conducted a recent study and spoke to several hundred female students in regards to taking selfies. The team found that spending time on Facebook looking at selfies is linked to negative feelings about body image.. Another study conducted by Ohio State University, found that men who posted more photos of themselves scored higher in measures of narcissism and psychopathy. The researches also found that editing photos of oneself was associated with higher levels of self-objectification.

Sometimes it can be frightening to see the negative impact that a selfie or a single number of likes can ruin someones self-esteem so quickly. Nevertheless, no matter how much I hate to admit it, I am and will always be a sucker for a good selfie.

 

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25 To Life In A Concrete Tank

Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human traits or reasoning skills to inanimate objects or animals not capable of such dimensions. I think it would be safe to say that most of us are guilty of anthropomorphising something at one stage in our lives – I know I have extensive conversations with my dog on a daily basis. However, anthropomorphism can be an uneasy subject in regards to animals in captivity.

Blackfish is a documentary concerning captive orcas at SeaWorld, the deaths of three trainers and the consequences of keeping orcas in captivity. After watching this film, I immediately developed some kind of attachment and emotion towards these animals. Anthropomorphism can occur unintentionally e.g. me talking to my dog, but in regards to SeaWorld’s treatment of the orcas, it can create all kinds of issues.

Following the release of the documentary, Blackfish drove activists and protesters on a mission to put an end to the orca theatrical shows. SeaWorld has recently decided that they will stop the breeding of the whales and this will be the last generation of orcas at SeaWorld. The film also had a very large impact on SeaWorld’s financial side of things. According to SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. Reports, SeaWorld suffered an 84% drop in its net second-quarter income; from $37.4 million in 2014 to $5.8 million in 2015.

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Evaluating the film, I recognised the ways the trainers were treating the animals were totally humane. We are told that the whales are kept in enclosures barely big enough to contain them in and separated whales from their families. I believe that because of this type of treatment, led to the aggressive behaviour that some of the whales have demonstrated. The film explains that there have been many trainer-related injuries and deaths during shows and training, but there have been no reports what so ever about a killer whale harming a human in the wild.

When referring to Tilikim’s state of mind in the movie, there are a lot of “he seemed” statements: “He seemed to enjoy working with the trainers” … “In the morning he seemed happy to see us”. He was also described as to be “frustrated” and even suggested that he could have been in a psychosis. The trainers explain how they formed “special bonds” with the animals, and I think by treating them this way, they had somewhat shut out the real identity of the animal and what they are capable of.