So today I’m going to have a bit of a gripe!
As somebody who has never really bought in to the commercialism of modern life I’m getting tired of Tumblers and Instagramers who post endless streams of filtered pictures featuring Starbucks Cups, Prada shoes and Fendi bags. It’s boring
It seems to me that there are two kinds of person doing this. The fashion bloggers who have a genuine interest in the style and art that influences our modern life, and the label addicted; posers who think that Blind Consumerist is a legitimate identity. The problem is that the line between the two is often hard to find.
If Karl Lagerfeld can call selfies “electronic masturbation” then surely fashion selfies are just pricier way to bust a social media nut, like using Swiss Navy instead of Crisco. But when your labels are getting in the way of you being able to afford say a CAR it’s time to take another look at whats important.
We all know them, people who can’t get through the day without some kind of label sitting on their head, hanging on their arm or on their shoulders. They have to eat at the right places and be seen with the right people. Why? Beyond the Prada and Starbucks who are they? It seems to me that there are some of us out there who are attaching our self worth to how expensive our manbag costs instead of how many likes we get in our under wear. Consumerism in some parts of youth culture it seems has become a badge of honour.
The Feeds that really attract me are the ones full of interesting photo’s, travel shots, and hot men. They attract me because through them I can get a small Insta-filtered insight in to the person I am looking at. My own feed says I’m a travelling homo who likes chicken and spends a lot of time in his underwear in need of constant validation. You won’t find any pictures of me with my feet up on Louis Vuitton.
There’s nothing wrong with building your identity around things that interest you. I guess label addict is just as valid as insecure selfie whore but always questioning ourselves about why and who we are is where growth happens and how we get closer to the authentic us.
What we choose to present to the world is just as telling as what we hide. What does your feed say about you?