It’s really interesting how as the internet and technology and social media expand people are more and more coming to have two separate types of lives: their physical, to-be-framed, life and the digital, framed life.
Now, with this technology and social media, all of physical life seems to simply be as yet to-be-framed, a present waiting to be captured by a picture, a video, a tweet, a pin, a blog post and saved and put elsewhere for a future present to look back upon and reminisce about. More importantly, this framed life, is framed, one can decide not to show parts of the to-be-framed life, one can cut and paste, crop, edit, perfect. This, among other things that I will not be going into, for me, points towards this framed life being the ideal life for our current society, possibly even the ideal life of human society in general, the life the subconscious wants to live.
One can surround themselves with only the things one wants to hear, one can ignore others and not have to feel guilty about it one can support everything for free and without actually having to expend any actual effort. Not to mention, one can present themselves exactly as they as they want to be presented, total control over their social presentation. Bad presentations never have to exist in the framed life, unless that is part of your presentation. Plus, one can always control their reactions, it’s impossible to read body language or facial expressions in text, so a reaction can be exactly as one wants it to be nothing more and nothing less. It’s perfect, for everyone.
So next time you’re taking all sorts of pictures to get the best one for your profile, stop and think about how you’re framing your own life.