An Image Is Not a Reflection, and This Is Important

This is worth pursuing because people have a distorted idea of what it means to present themselves for themselves. We literally just went around the classroom asking people what kind of first impression they make on others, and if you listen closely, most people said things like “I’d like to think” or “I try to be” — this all has to do with image and image presentation. Who we actually are as people; our most authentic selves are not often who we present. Part of this has to do with knowing oneself and understanding who we are. If we, ourselves, don’t even have a clear conception of who we really are, how can we present an image that is really us? My project focuses in on this phenomenon through, perhaps, the images that are most pervasive and accessible to all: celebrities. The evolution of their images, the control they have over those images, and how that control has evolved in relation to the way society has shifted, is an interesting way to understand a concept that affects all of us. Who are we? Who do we see ourselves as? How do we want others to see us, and does our true self align with how we present it? This all comes down to imagery and the way in which we manufacture this artificial reflection. In the case of the celebrity, people have an intense inclination to see the manufactured images as these humans’ true selves because, ultimately, it’s the only way we can connect to them.

Rebecca Soverinsky

Rebecca is a Junior (please send help for her mental state in accepting this and a walker for her aging body) studying Communications at the University of Michigan. She believes award show season is the best season (shout out to E! News) and is always willing to take on a challenge or learn something new- as long as there is Nutella involved. She hopes to learn as much as she can from the Sweetland Minor in Writing, and she's excited to see what's in store.

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