To Aesthetic or Not to Aesthetic?

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Are you the kind of person who uses the same filter on every photo you post to your Instagram feed? Or do you religiously post mirror selfies only featuring your OOTD? Or what about only posting photos with a similar color palette? 

The age of the Instagram aesthetic is, according to some, undergoing a bit of a revolution, but in this week’s episode of The Manqué, Mary and I attempt to dig into what drives a person to cultivate an aesthetic in the first place. For Mary, it’s soothing and enjoyable. For me, it’s become a bit of a burden. 

A lot of that has to do with my feeling that the pressure to adhere to a certain texture, palette, or whatever is a thinly-veiled way to fixate on how a post tracks. But, as we talk about on the podcast, I don’t know who I’m even doing that for. And as Mary points out, it’s truly wild that an online platform even generates that much stress — and, I’d argue, fixation.

As usual, we don’t know much and we discover very little, but we do have fun along the way. 

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