Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter had helped today’s generation in establishing connections, which were previously deemed impossible. These innovations had allowed long lost friends to reconnect, share ideas and memorable events among a selected community.
In the past few years, a paradigm shift had happened in the use of these useful medias. They have suddenly turned into platforms of self-representations. It is very common nowadays to see people constantly updating their facebook or twitter statuses, informing the world what they are up to, building an image of themselves among their peers through their posted photos and thoughts. These gives them a sense of self-importance; satisfying their self-love and their needs to be recognized as an individual, feeding their vanity.
I would like to gratefully acknowledge the enthusiastic supervision of my two lecturers, Mr. Ash Yeo and Mr. Edwin Sim during the course of this research project. I am much indebted of their invaluable feedbacks and directions, without which this paper would not be completed.
To my dearest classmates for their companionships and advices which made hard times bearable, to everyone who had helped the research directly or indirectly; I am forever thankful.
“We live in a culture that worships youth and idealized beauty”, said Agata Cardoso, a photographer whose art mainly focuses on the human body and beauty. Rightfully so, the world which we are living in increasingly stresses on the importance of one’s physical, vain appearance.
Conventionally, vanity – the pride and admiration of one’s own appearance and/or achievements – is seen as something that ought to be suppressed and discouraged. Even though everyone is ‘guilty’ of this, it is still considered a negative behavior to have. If anyone were to embrace their love for the world’s physical appearances, they are subjected to the risk of being labeled ‘shallow’ by...