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  • LilMiquela questions online authenticity
  • LilMiquela questions online authenticity
    LilMiquela (2016) ©

LilMiquela questions online authenticity

Amassing over 50,000 followers with her feed of carefully-composed selfies, @lilmiquela may seem like just another Instagram it-girl at first glance. But a closer look reveals that there’s more, and less, to her than meets the eye. She's been created to parody the construction of digital identities.



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    Searches for ‘narcissism’ have spiked in recent years, and some speculate that we're in the midst of an epidemic. But while narcissism is often considered a bad thing, does it have to be? Psychologist Dr. Craig Malkin isn’t sure. He sat down with Canvas8 to explain what healthy narcissism looks like.

  • Article image Are selfies a force for good?

    Selfies ruin trips to galleries, interrupt nights out, and feed an unhealthy preoccupation with looks. But they’re also being used to champion the individual and non-mainstream beauty. As brands launch selfie campaigns, can they engage audiences in a way that’s helpful, not harmful?

  • Article image How will Gen Z change the future of media?

    To see into the future of media, take a look at a 12-year-old’s iPad. Gen Z spend 35 hours a week consuming media. In the first of a two-part report, we look at why Gen Z are choosing tablets over TVs, why streaming services are king, and how this generation's behaviour will shape entertainment’s future.

  • Article image What does it mean to be ‘genuinely phoney’?

    For years ‘authenticity’ was the holy grail of marketers and product innovators worldwide. But now, the Tumblr generation are redefining authenticity. In this mashed-up, copy-morph culture a new generation of consumers are calling bullshit on the old-school authenticity claim. And if ‘authenticity’ is passé, then what does it mean to be ‘genuinely phoney’?