So this video started going around my facebook today, with about a dozen of my female friends sharing the link with comments like, and “Everyone needs to see this”, and “All girls should watch this,” and “This made me cry.” And I’m not trying to shame those girls! I definitely understand why they would do so. And I don’t want to be a killjoy. But as I clicked the link and started watching the video, I started to feel a slight sense of discomfort…
Real beauty cannot be drawn. It’s a light that comes from inside, a glimmer from the soul that is visible in the faces of many people — including those who are not and never would be described as conventionally beautiful.
But did you really expect anything more insightful from what is, at base, an ad campaign for a range of beauty enhancement products? At best they want you to believe that the person you are within can be somehow unveiled to the world if you’ll just use their body wash.
“Sign in with Facebook.” On a site that has NOTHING TO DO with Facebook.
Look, if I wanted a watchdog, I’d buy one. I understand social media is a lure that encourages people to jettison the privacy they would have fought tooth and nail for 20 years ago, but all I want out of social media is the ability to connect with people I know, or people I’d like to get to know. THAT’S IT. I don’t want a seamless “profile” of my interests and dislikes, freely available online across multiple platforms, for marketers to dive into like onion dip on Superbowl Sunday.
There are some social media sites I won’t join because of this “sign in with” crap. Pinterest, for instance. It’s just not worth the hassle.
Am I the only one who finds this intrusive and annoying? Or am I just paranoid?
In which I try to suggest that Wreck-It Ralph was such a good movie in part because it wasn’t needlessly rushed out the door. And some other stuff too… you know, if you like animation. And procrastination. And procrastination animation.