There’s a brilliant article over on Wired about Socalitybarbie, an Instagram account that makes fun of fake people on social media. It’s these actual Barbie shots with gag-inducing comments, like:
Had to stop looking at the ocean to take a picture of myself looking at the ocean so I could post about how beautiful the ocean was.
The stuff is great. Very high quality.
My interest, however, is trying to figure out what the difference is between this plastic person being fake and 90% of everyone on social media.
Specifically, I wonder how it’s not an attack against accounts like Everchanginghorizon, where they seem to be posting the exact same stuff as the barbie account.
More importantly, I just want to know—for myself and for others—what the difference is between what I do and what is being made fun of.
Said differently, if socalitybarbie is ridiculous and worthy of scorn, but we’re kind of doing the same thing, then what has to give?
How do we slay such obvious cognitive dissonance?