UBC Graduate Research

Be Here Now : Instagram and the Feminization of Wilderness Michak, Tory


In less than a decade of existence, Instagram has changed the way we interact with wilderness. From online oversharing to site overuse, social media is often considered “too much,” something that needs escaping from in order to get back to our true selves. In the Western world, wilderness has always been that somewhere to escape. But wilderness ideology has a problematic history of exclusion. Instagram is adding to the complexity of wilderness and diversifying who gets to experience and define wilderness. Through adding digital layers of representation and discourse, those traditionally erased or misrepresented are choosing how to represent themselves. This thesis, sited in an already viral landscape, imagines a place where technology and wilderness will coexist, where wilderness is not a place to escape the internet, and where relationships between the self and others are reconfigured.

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