Wandering the Halls of Someone Else’s Mind

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Amber Sparks considers the popularity of Instagram, and why it is so loved:

It offers us the opportunity to wander the halls of someone else’s mind, to enjoy their obsessions and juxtapositions. It’s a really weird-ass place if you spend enough time sitting there. It’s a place where we don’t have to explain ourselves, so our lives are subject to complex interpretations. Our images do the explaining for us. It’s the perfect place for the intellectually curious to live online, with all the clutter we’re unwilling to jettison or that, indeed, we’re ‘philes’ for.


Olivia Wetzel is a student taking time off to live and work in San Francisco. If she could be any animal, she’d be a penguin. She’s never eaten pepperoni before, and one of her feet is a whole size bigger than the other. More from this author →