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A Look At ‘The Dark Side of Social Media’| ‘HASHTAG NOFILTER’

By Hanssie on October 31st 2015

You can be anyone you want to be on social media. What you choose to portray to the world may be completely different than who you really are. You can filter all the bad parts out of your life and make the world envious of the life you lead. Case in point, I’ve had numerous people comment on how much fun I had in New York City last week for PhotoPlus Expo. They had seen all of the photos I had posted at parties and sightseeing, and my check-ins at various landmarks and bars. It really was a great time, but it was more work and exhaustion than fun and drinking.

What I didn’t post was the 20 hour days – working the trade show, running from meeting to meeting, writing, editing and then going back to the apartment we were staying in to work some more before getting ready to go to a networking event, and then falling into a lumpy pull out couch to grab as much sleep – usually three hours – before getting up and doing it again. I only showed you the fun parts.


How much do you filter your life on social media? What filters do you slap on that photo before you Instagram it? In the following short film released just in time for Halloween, director Matthew Rycroft gives us a creepy glimpse behind that Instagram photo. ‘HASHTAG NOFILTER’ is a creepy two-minute-short about a man in a basement creating a life on Instagram that is the complete opposite of reality. Posting under the account of a carefree girl named jennywanderlust, the man cuts out pictures and creates images to post along with cliche captions. The ominous, sing-song music paired with the shadowy lighting and the man in a wife beater tank top and sinister smile, makes this the perfect goosebumpy tale to start Halloween. Boo!



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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. robert garfinkle

    What do you want your stage character to be… Of course if you are a “real” actor, that’s acceptable. anything other than that does qualify for creepy.

    I once knew a girl, who “got off” on the fact that she portrayed herself differently across a plethora of dating websites. and she liked doing that –

    But Hanssie, what is the difference between a guy or girl who “goes dark” on the net, and say the next door neighbor who presents himself / herself “just so”; kind, quiet, and helpful – built up that trust in you; then one day the “Oh, he / she was such a nice man / woman” is picked up by the FBI after say a 3 year investigation for a heinous crime and you come home from work, turn on the news and are dumbfounded asking yourself “why is my neighbor on the news” and it wasn’t good.

    My point is. the net is just another venue for that behavior – and we put blind trust in the net, we take it faith that people are who they say they are, all up until the point you find out who they “really” are…

    It happened to us in high school. Our class’s Earth Science teacher, well respected, honored, trusted, cool dude, was not the teacher / person we all thought he was. He taught school by day, and stalked male hitchhikers on the highway in his jeep; picked them up, the seatbelts locked, he took them back to his trailer, and raped them. He was even accused of murder. He is in jail right now.

    Point is, the net is just another place for people to hide, and it’s just a bit easier I suppose in some respects, because for as long as the net has been around, I don’t think we as a society are propagated “fully” to be on guard for people like that. I’d say we are more prone to be leery of the identity thief or hacker and not so much the “dark personalities” or shall we call it the “anti-social network” or “sociopath network” factor… It’s very hard to read people when you are not in front of them.

    It’s disturbing, of course.

    and so it goes.

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  2. Joseph Prusa

    So true

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