The consumer or consumed?
Scout Willis, daughter of Hollywood actor Bruce Willis, has recently taken to a topless protest to advocate against Instagram and some of it’s policies regarding censorship and it’s user’s posts. According to ‘The Independant’ During the last week of May, Willis took to the streets of New York, topless, to protest her removal form Instagram’s network, after sharing a photo of two topless women. Outraged by the removal, Willis removed her account permanently from Instagram after being allowed access again to the Social Platform.
Now I don’t have any problem with protests in general. Especially protests regarding gender inequality, women’s rights, freedom of speech and expression, or any other human rights violations or issues. Men and women should have the equal right to express their beliefs and ideas in public without the threat or fear of shame, ridicule or abuse. We are entitled to it and should give others the entitlement they deserve. However, the only thing that really made me raise an eyebrow over this matter was just the fact that it was a protest sparked by a Social Media issue.
To me, human rights and the freedom of expression and belief is paramount. It is everything we are and have the potential to be. Without our freedom’s, a lot of our lives may become passionless and have no meaning. But, have we gotten to the point where social media and their platforms play such a big part in our lives that we feel the need to protest against it. To be blunt, social media is a luxury to most. With a vast number of the global population not using social media and/or even having access to the concept of it or the internet, does it seem like a valuable use of our right and time to advocate for social media freedom? Yes it’s one of the many next steps in our social evolution, interaction and the creative potential of the human being, but, with many more serious and horrifying issues are going on unnoticed and without awreness around the world,was it the best use of her social platform and voice in pop culture?
And have we become so dependant on social media and technology that we have numbed ourselves to a point of digital addiction. and we are missing the bigger picture? I believe we have a stage at our fingertips. Our own personal stage. Brand You. And I think it should not be misused or abuses of it’s power and reach. But again, to be clear, maybe this particular protest by Scout Willis was designed to make us question our values and lives even deeper than intended or seemed to be. To me it raised a question of importance, and what holds higher in my life. What really matters?