Appearance is the child of identity. If appearance is the makeup covered, adolescent posting on twitter about their new relationship, identity is the aged, wise parent. So much of who we are, today, is surrounded around this idea. Our being is constantly being torn between the two; who we are and who we appear to be. Now with the popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, where one is constantly self-branding themselves, the lines between identity and appearance is shrinking.
You want to know if your college roommate is going to be cool? Check them out on Facebook. What does that girl, you always see like? Check out what she’s saying on Twitter. That guy, who you are working with on a project, what is he like outside the classroom? Check out Instagram. We form many identities of ourselves, and of other people through the lenses of social media. It is a very superficial process, it’s faceless (notice I didn’t draw on a face…o shit thats so deep, Will! Trust me, I know), however, we assume it is all encompassing. Thus, for my piece I want to poke fun at this idea, while making a statement about social media’s influence on our identities.