The Power of Instagram

Description: An article I wrote for my mass media and society class. The assignment intended for us to write about readings or expieriences we encountered outside of class during the week.

Date: May 2018

Today for my public relations principles and practices class we were given a client for a semester project.

She runs a venue for weddings, bridal showers, proms, etc. As we surveyed her site I was excited to get to work for this seemingly artsy, down-to-earth, modern mom.

Quickly I found her company instagram and was captured by the beautiful photography and simply decorating style.

Then I found her personal instagram and scrolled my way into her little life. She’s a photographer with great style and all her pictures portrayed a beautiful country family who love kittens and pot belly pigs in a very Chip & Johanna Gaines style.

I was ready to committ my wedding to this woman without meeting her or even viewing the venue in person.

As I later reflected on my almost instant committment I remember a talk given in conference about how while we see one thing on pinterest or instagram, we cannot see the full picture.

I saw the best pictures. Many of which were staged and the subjects were dolled up. I didn’t see the wild days, or the lonely days, or the frustrated days.

We can’t judge people by who they portay themselves to be on social media.

We would be judging a tiny sliver of their lives, and no one wants a sliver.