Social media plays an important role in identifying oneself for everyone else to see. The pictures we post, the comments we make and the information we provide on social media platforms create a basis for who we are as an individual. With all the information, we present on social media the ability to communicate back and forth presents a time where what we post can be judged by everyone else. When we post a Tweet on Twitter people can respond with in the means for which Twitter allows, when we post a video a YouTube people can comment, up-vote and down-vote to show how they feel as a response to the content posted. This ability for immediate feedback allows for a strong connection between content creators and having an audience. In turn creating a loop between content creation, responses about how effective the content is to the audience, by having them react and then the potential to create a bigger audience.
The Selfie for instance, defined simply by Oxford Dictionary “A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media” is enough to warrant this back and forth of communication. An individual posts a selfie on their social media and then their followers react to it. Instagram being a photo sharing application caters to the selfie culture quite well. Anyone with a mobile phone can access this service and start posting away. Where the audience will present responses in the form of likes and comments of the selfie taken. For everyday people and celebrities this is a good way to show a glimpse into a life that they would not ever see and create a way in which people can communicate effectively with their fan base. While there are benefits with being a celebrity on social media there are negatives that can affect how the person is represented also. Celebrity Kim Kardashian for instance creates a persona of her [fabulous] lifestyle on Instagram for all her 94.7 million followers to see. With such a large following, what Kim does and how she presents herself is scrutinized publicly for everyone to see. For example, Kim’s nude Instagram selfie below:
Posted with the comment from Kim K “When you’re like I have nothing to wear LOL“, there are many aspects of this image that an audience can take. Shown in some of the comments presented with the picture people are saying Kim is a body positive role model as having the confidence to post a picture, let alone a nude picture showing off her curves gives people the personal empowerment for their own body confidence, though this confidence may not create anything else of its own except that personal uplifting feeling to the individual. Other audience members condemn the nudity justifying that Kim made her money from being nude, presenting that young girls should not have to get naked to be in the situation that Kim is in – that of a celebrity. For what people take away from the image being present is up to the interpretation of the individual viewing it. When there are no specifics as to the full intention of why something like this is being posted, it gives the audience the freedom to choose whatever they want and to ridicule or be empowered whichever way they want, though that is the freedom of social media and a result of using it. People will always have different interpretations because everyone sees things differently. So, post what you want, just be the things you enjoy.