Lion of the Blogosphere

More things that Instagram is ruining

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 17, 2018 at 9:51 AM

Posted in Technology

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  1. I wonder the extent to which this Instagram-hating phenomenon is linked to resentment against pretty people: you can’t get many followers on Instagram if the masses don’t love you, and the masses seem to only love handsome men and pretty women.


    August 17, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    • The masses only love jokahs.

      Jokah Macpherson

      August 17, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    • Pretty women do attract followers. I can think of one. Likely it helps for men to be just not ugly.

      Why do I know this? I’ve havent taken any photos since the days of film. I started using Pinterest. I know, it’s really prole but I don’t care. I did do some travelling in my younger days. But all of it in North America.

      Given my age I won’t be doing any more travelling. At least I could look at photos. I got photos for Pinterest from 500px, Flickr and recently, Instagram. One has to watch out for people saying “do not use.” I’ve have two takedown requests,separated by several years. Not enough to get by account nuked.

      It worked well, although there are a few iconic places the photographers seem to hit. Other scenics would be ones they take close to home. The iconic places include some unusual places, including Iceland, a chain of islands called the Lofoten islands in northern Norway, and Antarctica.

      Most of the photographers are based in the West but there is a sizeable contigent in Japan and South Korea. Also, those ethnicities (plus Chinese) are also in the contingent based in the West. Korea has some good scenery itself, as does Japan. It appears that the Chinese are not encouraging homies to travel around China and take photos.

      It’s not uncommon to see people from the subcontinent (India+) in the western based ones.

      I’ve seen two black photographers in my several years, neither in the US. Of course, not everyone provides a photo. So it seems that nature and landscape photography get the same demographics as in other endeavours.

      The Pinterest crowd haven’t taken to Instagram in a big way. I think it may be too complicated. I had to do a good 15 minutes of time to experiment with it.

      Frau Katze

      August 17, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    • I should add that there’s a lot of Russians too. The government doesn’t seem to care about them. Russia has some little seen but spectacular scenery.

      Frau Katze

      August 17, 2018 at 4:48 PM

  2. Why pick on Instagram, rather than older services like Flickr, DeviantArt and 500px?

    It’s digital photography as a whole that’s changed things. In the film days, there was no way for amateur photographers to display their work on a platform that allowed for comparison and “like” counts.

    Also there was no real equivalent to Photoshop. Altering photos was possible but so difficult that only a few got involved. You’d have to be keener who developed your own film. And it was a lot harder and less versatile than Photoshop.

    I was an amateur in the days of film. Due to developing an inner ear-related balance problem, there’s not much opportunity anymore to do landscapes. I can walk, but only on flat ground. I’m also afraid of falling, which becomes more problematic as you get older.

    As far as I can see, it was digital photography and any platform that permitted comparison that changed everything.

    Frau Katze

    August 17, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    • “Why pick on Instagram, rather than older services like Flickr, DeviantArt and 500px?”

      Because Instagram is WAY more popular and universal than any of those previous services which are very niche.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      August 17, 2018 at 10:40 AM

      • That might be true, although Flickr was pretty popular, with a huge amount of accumulated work.

        But Instagram is at a whole new level. Celebs feel they need an account. It was bought early by Facebook. This might account for how easily it became a “must have.”

        Many photographers post their work to more than one platform. This is especially true for the serious types on 500x.

        Instagram has another feature: you can post another person’s work on your account, if the other person agrees and is given credit.

        This has allowed the creation of aggregator accounts, that display only the work of others. Often these are sites trying to promote tourism in their area. If they have enough ability to spot winners, they may become huge, with vast followings. Some even charge for displaying your work.

        Frau Katze

        August 17, 2018 at 11:36 AM

  3. Social media feeds off the the envy and resentment of the social comparison theory. People don’t want to “bring the world closer together.” I hate crowds and throngs. . .I like peace and the space and quiet to enjoy an experience and feel unique in it. (Good luck with that anymore thanks to massive overpopulation and soon 2 billion Africans(!) everywhere). People want their own unique experiences, friends, family, friend, tribe and NOT have to turn themselves into walking advertisements among the maddening crowds.

    Again, maybe the luddities and Amish are right.


    August 17, 2018 at 10:44 AM

  4. People taking photos of their food (related to the first two complaints) seems to have originated with Facebook, 10+ years ago, not Instagram. Always drives me nuts; I try my best to avoid going out to eat with people who do this.


    August 17, 2018 at 11:28 AM

  5. My 16 yo daughter casually used the term ‘f***boy’ the other day and I nearly drove off the road. I asked her what it means… it’s still unclear to me.

    nian hu’s chicken picture is cute.


    August 17, 2018 at 11:38 AM

  6. Gaining approval of your life by comparing “likes” you receive on photographs and how many people follow your profile is not a real way to live. Social media is just a presence. It’s not your life in pure, genuine, raw form. Instagram is so much fun without a doubt. But, it is slowly deteriorating society by making what things look more important than how they actually are.

    As opposed to the statuswhore fest that is “American real life.” Instagram just magnifies what is already present.

    It’s more than just ‘pretty’ or ‘handsome.’ It’s pretty^tm and handsome^tm.

    The HBDer is in a tough bind because he must say nonsense like “biologically attractive.” In reality, these notions are nothing more than the product of constant cultural conditioning. And with platforms like these, we are headed toward democratically created products for sex, human companionship, etc., that will be constantly reinforced. Democracy is NOT a good thing. That’s why we don’t live in one. People are stupid, remember?

    Plastic surgery will (it already is in one) boom for women and moreso men. Anabolic steroid use and abuse will skyrocket among men. Why? Men now have as many body images issues as women:

    People are turning themselves into these products. That is the future. The ‘personal brand’ development for purposes of marketing.

    The only brightspot is that such conformity lays out a clear path to success for even the most nerdy “beta.”
    Get plastic surgery.
    Abuse steroids.
    Get a gay man to do your style.
    If all else fails, retire to videogames and get a sexbot.


    August 17, 2018 at 11:48 AM

    • I say “bravo.” Women want to make money? I say men should strip for them and get the women to flush their money down men’s briefs. Open restaurants where women foolishly overtip in the hopes that the cute, scantily waiter will flirt with them. Re-launch Playgirl and pay male celebrities a million bucks to pose nude. Men have been pissing away money on women way too long. Now it’s time for turnabout.

      And I can’t imagine any female comedian even joking about how mothers need to keep their sons of the pole.


      August 17, 2018 at 11:30 PM

  7. Lion’s hostility to Instagram is essentially it’s easy and vacuous appeal. It’s like fruit juice, very drinkable on the first blush, but ultimately just sugary with no redeeming nutrients. I have to admit discovering ‘Rich Kids of Instagram’ from one of Lion’s postings here a few years back. There was a link in it to the instagram account of Peter and or Harry Brant, a wonderously weird pair of brothers who appear to be the contemporary version of the Great Gatsby, just gayer.


    August 17, 2018 at 11:52 AM

    • Insert your own “so we beat on” joke.


      August 18, 2018 at 1:24 PM

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