Response to Facebooking a Journey

I found the idea behind Zilla van den Born project really interesting. I guess I never really looked at Facebook as a filter of only the things we want to share even though that’s exactly the purpose of Facebook. I could easily say that I wouldn’t do this but I do. Even posting a simple photo on Instagram is altering reality. If you post a photo on Instagram you pick the filter that makes the image look the best and in a way that is changing how the world sees you.

The world also only gets to see me how I want them to see me. At least when I post my own photos or my own statuses, I am making a personal decision to share this with my Facebook friends. I always only share my good news and no one but my family and friends( and sometimes not even they get to) see me in a way I would never portray myself on social media. I would never share the bad news in my life or the flaws I have on social media so in a way everybody only sees what I consider the exciting parts of my life and all of my adventures. They don’t see photos of me not doing exciting things like watching Netflix on a lazy day or that day I stayed in my pajamas all day simply because I felt like not getting ready for the day. They do get to see me all dressed up and going out to dinner and they got to see the photos of my Florida vacation last spring. I think that van den Born brought up a really important detail to social media that I don’t think we always consider when we look at people’s life through the lens of social media.

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