Wei-Chi Su  Sep. 2020

#priming is a research work created during the participation of the Algorithmic Gaze Workshop︎︎︎ hosted by Chinouk Filique.

What’s priming? On wikipedia you will see “priming is a phenomenon whereby exposure to one stimulus influences a response to a subsequent stimulus, without conscious guidance or intention.” Studies have shown that based on things we have read, watched, and heard we can be primed to behave in certain manners. This made me wonder, Instagram, one of the most popular social media with over 1 billion monthly active users, what has it done to me? As a heavy instagram user, I spend hours scrolling and investigating my personal digital footprint over the past few days trying to figure it out.

Now I wonder if I am influenced by instagram that’s why I only tend to design women’s clothes. I wonder if I am idolizing the bony gaunt body type without awareness. Am I racist? Or is instagram making me racist?

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