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Instagram and Your Life Story

Every day, each of us faces a choice in how to think about our lives: do we manipulate the truth to make things seem better than they would otherwise, or do we live in light of complete honesty about our experiences, no matter the cost? Both options are compelling. On one hand, we feel a…

American political celebrity

At a recent event for a 2020 Democratic hopeful, I was struck by a question from the audience. Cloaked in a floral dress and cool demeanor, the woman ever-so-slightly raised her hand. “I saw you speak in New York a few weeks ago. You were different – subdued, diplomatic, placating. Is this just the California version of you? Who’s the real you, Senator?”

The mores of memes

What are they? Meme. The word itself sounds sort of droll, minted by pop culture people and certified by Merriam-Webster for our social media purposes. Memes pop up on our Instagram Explore, Twitter and perhaps Facebook feeds, and are characterized by having captions above or superimposed over photos from pop culture.   What is it…