Entire Afternoon in Nature Spent Carefully Staging One Picture to Impress People You Hate
The Great Outdoors,
“Aww what a cute pic! Mark and Spencer must be so happy together.” said one of Spencer’s ill-informed Instagram followers. While undoubtedly ‘cute’, the photograph does not depict the 30 minutes Mark spent trying on clothes or the mean-spirited comments framed as constructive criticism made by Alison leading up to capturing the ‘very special’ moment in time.
What’s worse? The couple only shares these carefully staged images for the consumption of a few hundred followers who they don’t even like. Mark and Spencer are victims of a society that values how one presents themselves online in a higher echelon than human to human and moment to moment interaction.
While for the next 24-30 hours Mark and Spencer may be sent a flurry of obligatory hearts and comments that require them to read between the lines, the pings and dings on their phones and the rush of endorphins that come alongside them will wear off. Soon they will be alone, together, in the great outdoors, unable to enjoy the world around them because they are too busy anticipating the next postable moment and living in a universe made of 1s and 0s.
-A Well-Mannered Grump