Does a “National #Selfie Portrait Gallery” mean the Internet has won life?
A #selfie is just a self-portrait after all.
The “National #Selfie Portrait Gallery" was featured at the Moving Image Contemporary Video Art Fair in London recently from October 17th until today and it will soon be coming to NYC — are you practicing your #imeatingahotdogselfie yet?
The idea of the #selfie seems to be a new one, but if we trace back into the history of art and photography we’ll find that it has roots dug into the invention of the very first camera. The creation of the smartphone and the ever growing collection of social media outlets has just made it that much easier to take and share our self portraits.
Accordingly, the rapid growth of the #selfie has just raised the bar in competitive creativity. There are so many different kinds of #selfies— like #michelleobamawithacutedogselfie to #ohnothingjustinouterspaceselfie.
That’s when we’ve got ourselves some art. The “National #Selfie Gallery” honored that art with a curated collection of short form video #selfies . Each video under 30 seconds, the “artist” has the chance to express their #selfie in less of “I’m expressing myself by making a duck face” and more of a “this is my transcendent way of being artfully transparent.”
Do you think your #selfies are artsy enough to be featured in the NYC gallery?
images courtesy of: National #Selfie Portrait Gallery Trailer on Youtube and Michelle Obama’s Instagram
Should Your Risque #Selfies Land You The Job?
You may not need to worry if your last picture is a picture of your friends and you taking a group cat nap on a bar table.
It’s no surprise that hiring managers feel that peeking into our social media is like peeking into our soul, but is what they’re seeing a reflection of how we’ll act in the workplace?
A new study focuses on the way hiring managers usually check the job applicant’s social media in order to screen them out according to different favorable personality traits in a worker. Conscientiousness and agreeableness are two traits which can be reflected in the job applicant’s social media, but not in the way HR thinks.
The study says that hiring managers feel that posting pictures of drug and alcohol indicates a lower level of conscientiousness. However, the results show that there is no direct correlation between the likelihood that a job applicant will post about alcohol and drugs to their level of conscientiousness.
The researchers behind “Big Five Personality Traits Reflected in a Job Applicants’ Social Media Postings" claim that higher propensity to post pictures of alcohol and drug use can actually mean you have an extraverted personality. Extraversion is related with favorable worker traits such as “being sociable, gregarious, assertive, talkative, and active," says MR Barrack.
Do you think your social media habits should indicate whether or not you get the job?
image courtesy of: Angelina C.
Connection Quickie: Tide’s Vine Takes on ‘Carrie’
Right in time for Halloween, Tide asks you to get #scaredstainless in it’s “Stains Better Be Scared” campaign that Vines custom scenes from classic horror films.
With all of the ‘Carrie’ talk and stunts, Tide used this time to create their own miniature thriller in hopes of scaring the coffee stains right of your favorite work shirt.
Using Vine gave Tide a chance to reach you in the middle of your lunch break or after you spent an hour stalking your ex. Does more branding on Vine mean it isn’t dying out like we thought it would or is that exactly what it means?
All TDC wants to know is if that Tide bottle could get the blood stains out of it’s crown. How do you think Tide did?
images courtesy of: Tide’s Vine
How the Creation of Internet Black Market Brought People Together
When the phrase “Black Market” comes into play, thoughts of illegality and someone somewhere waking up in a bathtub full of ice pop into the brain. It’s a scary thought, but what if TDC told you that the Internet Black Market is much more of a fun place where people can come together and sell internet-like things in real life.
Weiden+Kennedy Tokyo’s recent “Back Streets of the Internet” gives you an inside look and understanding of the Internet Black Market culture in Japan. They highlight the fact that people now spend most of their time socializing and meeting on social media. You’re then introduced to the people who are finding ways around this to make the internet something tangible and meeting in person something real again.
W+K interviews, and attends some of the events, of the black market event creators. The creators, members of the online secret society IDPW, shed some light on how the black market works and what types of things people bring to sell. One of the favorites that has been sold was “The Human Retweet.” After paid, THR will listen to what the buyer wants to be said and then scream it out at the crowd. Genius or hilarious? Either way, it sells.
The main takeaway of “Back Streets of the Internet” is that the internet black market is actually the latest way to get people off of the internet and into real places. It is also a place where restrictions that are starting to exist on the internet don’t exist anymore. The creators of the black internet market tell us anything is possible (and sellable) as long as it has something to do with the internet.
What internet thing would you bring to the market?
images courtesy of: WKTokyo’s Youtube Channel
That’s what Cristina Vanko must of envisioned when she thought up the awesome idea to handwrite all her texts for a week. Say what? Yep. She called it Modern Day Snail Mail.
Influenced by the discovery of her father’s old calligraphy pen, she decided to send a few doodles to her designer friends. In her own words, “Basically, I won the lottery in terms of art supplies.” Her drawn texts didn’t stop there. She hand wrote a few texts until she had the clever idea to write them for a week to everyone who texted her.
The responses varied. Some people commented on it, others didn’t say anything (as if they expected this of Vanko), and others didn’t respond at all after the first text. A few of her friends were grateful for the time it took to write a handwritten response. Like Alysha who tweeted with #designersolutions (featured in the picture above).
What did Vanko get out of it? By practicing calligraphy, perfecting her handwriting became an every day effort. Picking up a pen and actually writing is not an activity the majority of people over the age of 25 usually engage in… maybe even over 19. More importantly, she was able to take her time to give thought to each message she sent. An effort that most people rarely take when communicating with others in this age. She also learned a few more amusing things that you can read about on her website.
In essence, Vanko came up with her own creative way to communicate with the people she interacts with every day by going a little deeper.
Would you try this out for a week… a day… an hour?!
images courtesy of: Cristina Vanko
I know what you’re thinking, ”If you’re trying to sell me love, I ain’t buying." Let me guess, you read "The Deeply Connected" and your mind wandered. You may want to hold onto those thoughts.
The Deeply Connected is about connections, yes. Deep ones, yes. But you can leave the compatibility questionnaires and “On a typical Friday Night I am…” for those horrid dating websites. When it comes to TDC, we’re talking digital connections and everything that comes along with it.
We have to ask ourselves if becoming so entirely connected with each other is actually making us disconnected from the world around us. Who can blame us? We’re attempting to reach and be reached from every angle. We have the people we know, the people we don’t know, brands, advertisers, researchers, and everything in between attempting to create a genuine relationship through the interwebz.
TDC will help you reconnect with everyone and everything around you by showing you all the new ways we’re deeply connecting on and offline.
Connect. Disconnect. Reconnect. Deeply connect.