At the other extreme

The other day we had a story about now-retired Miami Heat icon Dwyane Wade, a man to whom much was given, and who was more than happy to give back. We will always need such men. Women, too.

And then there are the sort of people we will never need at all:

A distraught influencer poured her heart out in a YouTube video after her Instagram account with 113,000 followers was deleted. While it’s difficult to fault anyone for being upset about losing such a viable income stream, it’s the way she expressed her devastation that is getting so many people ticked off.

Scrolling through your Instagram feed, you’ve probably felt a little self-conscious every once in a while. It’s filled with people who can do yoga better than you. People are always starting screenplays on $2,000 MacBooks in fancy coffee shops. Their workouts are better than yours and their skincare routine is 100 percent on point and they always manage to find the best lighting and have way fuller hair than you ever will.

For many influencers, their “jobs” are better than yours, too.

We’ve all seen those travel Instagram accounts where people are amassing hundreds, if not thousands of followers every week by simply chronicling their glamorous vacations. After they start hitting big numbers, that’s when the monetization happens. They get free clothes, free lodging at hotels, and free meals at restaurants simply by posting about their experiences. Then there are the sponsored posts they get paid directly for.

And when the gravy train is derailed, something like this happens:

Sympathy? By about eighteen to one, YouTube viewers say not only no, but hell, no. Instagram later claimed that the account was deleted “in error,” which is probably why the aggrieved young lady left that video in place.

2 comments »

  1. fillyjonk »

    13 April 2019 · 7:42 am

    When people talk about social media changing ordinary people for the worse, this is probably what they mean.

    The best trick the Devil ever hit on was getting each of us to compare ourselves or our lives to those of others, and to find our own blessings somehow too small as a result. I know I am guilty of doing that to myself far more than I ever should.

  2. CGHill »

    13 April 2019 · 1:14 pm

    There was a little Web series several months back, about the unexpected comeuppance of Instagram’s self-styled Selfie Queen. Her solution was to persuade her sister, a person who normally scorned that sort of stuff, to fill in for her and maintain her following in the bazillions. This worked about as well as you think it would have.

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