The written word is a beautiful medium.
Ethics in Content Creation
I was talking with a friend the other night about the importance of transparency on social media. Not because it’s what’s likely to get you the most “likes” or the most “follows,” but because it’s a social responsibility. As a content consumer, yes, it’s inspiring to see people who have their lives together. But having nothing but perfection shoved down our throats is not sustainable.
We were 16, and he was beautiful. The attention he paid me was intoxicating. I spent every shift scanning strangers’ produce. I spent every shift feeling the flesh of the fruits and vegetables in the palms of my hands, gently cupping the peaches and pears so as not to bruise their delicate skin. I spent every shift searching him out. Between the beep… beep… beeps of the register, my eyes would scan over the low racks, trying to catch a glimpse of tan arms I knew would be stocking an aisle somewhere. Would he be looking at me this time? He almost always was. My stomach would somersault as his green eyes drank me in. Blood would rush to my face and head, making the world shift in and out of focus. But my vision would clear in a second, and he’d still be there. Wanting me.