Apparently, Kanye West was not happy when two Seattle Seahawks fans decided to take a selfie with him at the Super Bowl. The picture soon went viral on social media, and was followed by more photos featuring “The Grumpy Kanye”.
These pictures remind me of a short film directed by Matthew Frost that featured Kirsten Dunst. The film, “Aspirational”, artfully captured the ridiculousness of the age of selfie and how people would choose a tag over a moment.
In both cases, Kanye and Kirsten were largely objectified and exploited by fans as “props” to attract more “likes” and followers on their social media platforms. Not surprisingly, a lot of people did “like” and follow as a result of seeing celebrities in the posts. But did they really “like” the posts? I bet most of them just clicked on the buttons out of habit, because that’s what we are conditioned to do on social media, right? However, for those who get caught up in growing their number of “likes”, those little thumb-ups become an illusion of fame, making them more eager to project an image than to experience a moment.
Social media makes our life better in so many ways, but overusing it might indeed sabotage interpersonal communication and real-life experience. After watching countless people fixate on their smartphones at the dinner table, my friends and I decided that we had to do something about it. We started to play a game whenever we dine together. The rule to the game is simple – each person must hand in his/her smartphone at the beginning of the meal, and the person who reaches for his/her device first to check social media updates must pay the entire bill. I know it’s a little extreme, but guess what, the dining experience turned out to be so much better. Plus, who doesn’t like a free meal!