University of Sussex: BA Media Practice
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Sichen Liu

This photo aims to outline the different representations of people, distinguishing between their social media presence and their real lives. The photos posted on social media can be stylised and manipulated by users so these representations cannot convey to the audiences who the users truly are. For example, when looking through the pictures on a friend’s social media account, we know him/her in real life and we can see how different the representations of him or her on social media are from reality. Social media becomes a mask that people wear every day.

The photos with happy smiling faces that people post online may not reflect how they truly feel. Although the images from social media may partly reveal a person’s lifestyle and interests, it still cannot be said that the person can be represented and defined by his or her social media account. Some argue that with the help of the internet, people can share photos and stories from their daily lives and about their interests, however, they can also use these to create a face that is not truly theirs and which they do not want others to see.