Instagram Famous

After doing these researches, I decided that it would be better for me to keep my main topic on Instagram fame but instead, discuss about how far are people are going to go to get some attention on the social media.

I recently came across a video made by a young man, Ethan Zane, from Hawaii talking about his friend’s actions. Jay Alvarez, Zane’s friend, is a well known 20 year old instagramer for traveling around the world with his 18 year old girlfriend, Alexis Ren. The two met at a photoshoot according to a post Jay posted on his Tumblr account back in February. Ever since then, the two has been inseparable and embarked in different adventures around the world for months. The two became a relationship icon to young girls, calling them their “goals” and idolizing them online. Before they met, Renn had already been quite known on the social media as she had a very successful career in modeling. She had a great amount of followers and Jay had a lot less before they met. According to the video made by Zane, there has been some pretty shady actions behind the relationship of the two but that isn’t the most important point. In the video, he explains Jay’s motives on wanting to gain more and more attention by manipulating Alexis. He also explains how he’s been using other people to get what he wants. I will go more in depth on this article in my project but it fits in my project because it shows Alvarrez’s strong greed for Instagram fame to the point where he was whiling to manipulate his partner just to make a little bit of money.

In the Article, “How Instagram Almost Ruined My Life”, a young lady talks about her own views on what the app is all about. The main purpose is to take a picture and share it with our followers but she goes more in depth of how people act to get more people to see these pictures. “Online validation creates real feeling.” The New York Times writes, “Maybe instead of feeling and seeing and exploring the world, we want others to tell us we’re doing a good job at it.” She continues in her own words. This is important because whether we agree with or not, it’s the truth. Also, we constantly compete against each other because of our own insecurities but truthfully, we all have those and that’s where we feel the need to be superior because no one wants to be left behind. This fits in my project because it talks about the real issues of Instagram and how it changes people. How people seek for validation to feel secure in their own skin, to make them believe that their insecurities are just in their mind.

Nowadays, there are apps and websites that lets you buy Instagram likes and followers. I know it’s crazy, you give them money to make you feel loved. There are cheaper ways to do so well such as, using tags, posting quality pictures and a long list of things we may find online, on websites and articles. In the article, “The science of Instagram: How to Get More Followers and Likes”, lists all the different kinds of way one can be famous on Instagram.

Online versus Face-to-face


For our online and face-to-face community, we chose Instagram and the UMW Freshman class. There weren’t many similarities between the two communities because Instagram is a very broad community whereas, the UMW Freshman class is only a little portion of the population. One of the closest similarity they both have is the gender where they’re approximately equal. In terms of diversity, Instagram is more diverse considering people from all over the world uses it where we’re only 24% diverse from a population of 1,001 students. We have mostly in-state students (87%) while Instagram is a more global community.

Online vs Face-to-face Communities