Posts Tagged: instagram
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The Prom King on Instagram, 10 Years After the Party

When I was a junior in high school, I decided that I wanted to become popular. Fortuitously, my scientist parents were about to make the one wanton decision that they would ever make in their lives: leaving me home alone for a weekend, along with my little brother.

Normally ones to frown upon any vacation not spent in a tent, my parents made this special exception for Maine, a place where they could remain on their rigorous work schedule. They’d planned a quintessential rise-at-dawn, sleep-by-dusk experience: stilted breakfast conversations with strangers at inns, jaunts to folksy outlet stores, and long walks along punishing rocky coasts. Lost in their excitement, neither [...]

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Status Update, I'm Sober: Talking to Belle, Recovering Heroin Addict and "Junkie of Instagram"

In this series, people in recovery speak about the ways in which they have used social media as a tool. This month’s interview is with “Belle,” a mid-twenties former college student working to get clean against an enduring pill and heroin addiction. Belle is a member of the group Vice dubbed “junkies of Instagram,” a collection of drug users who document their lives and habits on the photo-sharing site.

Belle is softspoken and polite; she asked if she could smoke during our interview, even though we were connected via Skype. What Vice and The Daily Mail missed, she said, is that drug users are [...]

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Instagrams from a Nigerian Wedding

At the BBC, a set of colorful, beautiful iPhone photos taken at Nigerian weddings, all from documentary photographer Glenna Gordon, who says that the phone makes her subjects feel less intimidated than a regular camera would. Fun fact about Nigerian weddings: all the bride's friends wear one color, and the groom's friends wear another. Rumble-ready, the way a wedding should be.

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"I'm Not A Human, I'm A Sim"

In case you're not aware, The Sims 3 is the most recent entry in the immensely popular video game series that allows users to create and control virtual people. For the casual gamer, the concept is intriguing enough to act as an enjoyable waste of time, but for teens (and, who am I kidding, grown-ass men and women) who are simultaneously attempting to define their own lives, it's an opportunity to build the perfect version of yourself. The perfect versions of your friends. The perfect versions of…your lovers.

"We are so lucky to have been raise amongst catalogs," said Meg (Parker Posey) in Best In Show of her childhood memorizing and ordering exclusively from the J. [...]

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The "Reality" Filter Pie

Ann Friedman vows to start 'gramming photos of herself hunched over a laptop.

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Ann Friedman's Best Things of 2013

Best Thing I Transported in a Suitcase This Year: 10 lbs of frozen halibut

Best Thing I Transported in the Back Seat of My Car This Year: One large tumbleweed

Best Thing a Classic Sci-fi Actor Called Me This Year: “Ann Freedom”

Best Thing I Overheard at a Wedding This Year: "He's got moves no grandpa should have.”

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500 Days Alone In: The World

Marc Escañuelas is currently traveling around the world. 

Edith Zimmerman: Marc, you are traveling around the world alone for 500 days. What! How did you get into this incredible situation?

Marc Escañuelas: I got on a plane! A Taiwanese plane that was mostly empty so I got a whole row to myself. In all seriousness, nothing about this trip was planned. I've been traveling on and off for several years but never longer than a few months. I turned 30 at the end of 2011 and just felt kinda stuck and decided I needed/wanted a reboot.

What did you leave behind?

Pretty much everything including my connection to reality. [...]

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One Weird Trick to Get the Most Instagram Likes Ever

"We worked on our wedding photo for four days until it was good enough for Instagram."

Kanye West

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Writer Unable to Use Important Words Correctly

Giving the Ross Douthat "Daughter Theory" column a run for its idiocy money is this other Times piece, written from deep inside a juice-cleansed Butt of Privilege. Here is exhibit #1:

Instagram — the highest achievement yet in social-media voyeurism — presents a new form of torture.

A new form of torture! Kids grow up so fast these days. Here are some other, older forms of torture that have the potent lexical advantage of being real: solitary confinement, incommunicado detention, the denial of medical treatment, the denial of safe abortion and post-abortion care, the [...]

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The #DreamLover Pie

Previously: The Gateway Pie

Ann Friedman and Jessica Guilfoyle creeping your feed and saying "oh my god" in unison.