Archive for July, 2013

Selfie-Loathing, Instagram is even more depressing than Facebook. Here’s why.

It’s a truism that Facebook is the many-headed frenemy, the great underminer. We know this because science tells us so. The Human–Computer Institute at Carnegie Mellon has found that your “passive consumption” of your friends’ feeds and your own “broadcasts to wider audiences” on Facebook correlate with feelings of loneliness and even depression.

Instagram distills the most crazy-making aspects of the Facebook experience.

So far, academic studies of Instagram’s effects on our emotional states are scarce. But it’s tempting to extrapolate those effects from the Facebook studies, because out of the many activities Facebook offers, the three things that correlate most strongly with a self-loathing screen hangover are basically the three things that Instagram is currently for: loitering around others’ photos, perfunctory like-ing, and “broadcasting” to a relatively amorphous group. “I would venture to say that photographs, likes, and comments are the aspects of the Facebook experience that are most important in driving the self-esteem effects, and that photos are maybe the biggest driver of those effects,” says Catalina Toma of the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. “You could say that Instagram purifies this one aspect of Facebook.”

Link to FULL Article – Interesting read

Gabriela Bulisova’s Multimedia Provokes Thought On Individual and Institutional Responsibility

Bulisova’s latest piece Time Zone “portrays the story of Lashonia Etheridge-Bey, a 39-year-old resident of Washington, DC, who spent half of her life in prison for a double murder and was paroled in December 2011. It focuses on Lashonia’s personal transformation while in prison, her difficult yet highly successful reentry into society, and the conflicts that remain within herself and with family members,” says Bulisova.

You can view a gallery of stills from Time Zone here. (along with other works from her amazing portfolio)

Sixth District Art Competition Winner Haley Johnson Honored at U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON – Haley Johnson of Poolesville has won the Congressional Art Competition for Maryland’s Sixth District. Johnson was honored in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol and met Congressman John K. Delaney. Johnson’s photo, titled “Ugandan Child”, was selected as the 2013 Congressional Art Competition winner. Johnson is a student at Poolesville High School. (see attached photos)

“We received a number of tremendous entries for this year’s art competition, but Haley’s work stood out,” said Congressman Delaney. “Haley’s photograph is alive with color, dramatic and touching, and captivating to the viewer. Haley is a fantastic representative of the young artistic talent in our district and I look forward to seeing more of her work in the future.”

Link to Press Release