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SELFIE-SH: a lens into social media self presentation

Much to my surprise and delight, I was recently approached by a Cornell professor to participate in a study on what she called, 'Instagram self-presentation.'  Naturally, I was beyond flattered to be considered and agreed to an interview.  Before the official questions began, she told me that she had charged her research assistants with finding the right subjects for her study.  The only criteria she had provided was a). must have a following, and b). must be unique and different.  "And they brought me your profile," she explained.  I mean, talk about feeling both noticed and understood.  It was, to some degree, a validation and confirmation that all of my efforts to create something unique had actually yielded the kind of results I'd intended.  I had been seen, I had been heard. 
I won't bore you with the details of our interview, what I will says is being posed very specific questions about self-presentation through photography and captions coaxed a lot of…

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