Making Instagram Casual Again

*By Jordana Bell* When I joined Instagram in 2012, the culture of social media fostered an entirely different platform. The authenticity of everyday life was shared through a feed of genuine captures: selfies with pets, brunch dates with family, or even shots of baking creations. Posting was undeniably spontaneous and the world of social media was innocent.  Today, Instagram is abused as a figmented reality … Continue reading Making Instagram Casual Again

Cancel Culture: Spreading Accountability or Hate?

Cancel culture is the mass practice of withdrawing support or attacking public figures that have committed an offensive act.  This phenomenon has been taking over multiple social media platforms, exposing influencers and celebrities for their dark pasts and mistakes. Specifically, cancel culture has completely altered the presence of influencers on apps like TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter. At the mention of cancel culture, most Gen … Continue reading Cancel Culture: Spreading Accountability or Hate?

The Fox Eye Trend and its Xenophobic Roots

You’ve probably seen the “fox eye trend” all over your Instagram feed lately.  The upturned, catlike eye pose, made popular by many celebrities, has gained traction on social media as of late. Also referred to as the “headache pose”, this gesture has been used as a go-to editorial pose for many high-fashion models and influencers.  Globally-known runway models Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner are among … Continue reading The Fox Eye Trend and its Xenophobic Roots

To Stalk or Not to Stalk: Making (Instagram) Friends as an Incoming Freshman

I’ve always associated college with fresh starts. Growing up in a small Westchester suburb, everyone in my grade pretty much knew everything about each other from the minute we were in Kindergarten. The “image” that you developed when you were in elementary school more or less stuck with you until graduation, with maybe a slight deterioration in your love for caramel frappuccinos and Camp Rock.  … Continue reading To Stalk or Not to Stalk: Making (Instagram) Friends as an Incoming Freshman