Instagram Blues: An Instagram Video Review

With the debut Instagram Video in June 2013, Facebook has taken the mobile society into the next phase of addiction. Besides being able to produce quality pictures of your favorite food, now you can becomethenext Spielberg by filming 15-second reels for your friends. With that said, I do not have a reason to dislike, or like Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to integrate video with such a successful app like Instagram. In fact, I feel numb about it. Why, you ask? Great, I have an answer!

Instagram Video

And so it begins…


Let’s look at the heart of the matter: the video quality. The video is as good as the director who made it possible. Sure, I would love to see how your plants are doing on a Friday morning. However, sometimes I would love to see an artistic angle on my timeline. Fortunately, there are quite a handful of Insta-artists who took the video thing into a new perspective. Most are time-lapse videos, but it shows how dedicated and patient a person has to be to create art. There are also possible legal issues that can arise from certain Instagram videos (I see you stoners). This may seem irrelevant at first, but I still don’t feel confident that my son or daughter would use this new age technology wisely. God, just look at all the potheads making snippets of their bongs. Then again, this isn’t the first time that ever happened!

According to a recent article from the New York Times, Jenna Wortham describes the new feature of Instagram as the end of fantasy;

“There’s still a difference between the self you’re willing to share publicly and the self you’re willing to share when only a handful of people are watching.” These differences seem to extend further with video, according to Wortham. Let’s be real, this is how I felt the moment I used Facebook after it took out the exclusivity of being a college-only network. The illusion of being yourself on a social network is just that – an illusion. Having your best moments in life captured in a small 8MP cell phone camera is not worthy of being posted on Instagram, and the addition of colored filters will not better my moment either. My life is more suitable on an IMAX screen. A high-definition camera that was used in the movie Avatar should be the only piece of equipment that can capture every memorable moment of my entire life. No, that did not sound conceited at all…