Research Nugget 3

Link 1:

Booker, Kristin. “Mo’ Selfies, Mo’ Problems? How Those Pics Can Chip Away At Your Self-Esteem.” Refinery29. Refinery29, 29 July 2013. Web. 10 July 2014.

Main claim: Kristin’s main argument is that selfies have more positive effects than negative. She points out both the pros and cons of the posting selfies, but in the end , ended up having more positive things.

Nugget 1: “Jess Weiner, Global Self-Esteem Ambassador for Dove, a social messaging strategist, and CEO of Talk to Jess, has seen a considerable rise in self-esteem issues with the pressure to constantly be camera-ready. “I have seen a remarkable shift is self-esteem issues with the rise of the selfies,” she says. “The pressure to be camera-ready can elevate self-esteem issues, with the pressure of commenting on posts and with the rise of social media. It has a more competitive aspect, and that can really put the pressure on.”

THe nugget above is an example of what the author found to be a bad thing about selfies.  The idea of posting the right “selfie” on instagram and Facebook has led to an increase in poor self-esteem because we begin to ask ourselves , ” will people think this is a nice picture of me?” , ” what will people think about this picture?” , or “should i really put this picture up? It looks good to me but what if they disagree”.

Nugget 2: “So, if you’re doing a little more than documenting the moments of your life, and obsessing about your image seems to be taking over your life, what can you do to put things into perspective? “Make sure the focus is on the internal as much as the external,” says Weiner. “If all the images are fabricated to a degree, they’re not really showing life as it really is. Not all moments are perfect and model-ready. Enjoy your beauty, take that selfie, but be present for those memories while you’re taking the photo.”

This is when “inner beauty” comes in to play. Whats beautiful on the outside can only be described as true beauty if the inside is just as beautiful.  Being happy with yourself can help make your smile brighter so when you post that selfie, somebody can comment ” you have a really nice smile”. Tyra not only picks contestants that are pretty on the outside, but she also looks at their personalities too.

Link 2:

Catie. “Artifact Analysis I: Is America’s Next Top Model Bad for Self-Image?” Women In Pop Culture. WordPress, 1 Mar. 2013. Web. 11 July 2014.

Main claim: The author wants to point out and the effect that the show  “America’s Next Top Model” has on teens. There are more negative effects than positive because of the way they make people believe they have to look in order to become a model and how to truly be “beautiful”.

Nugget 1: “The show isn’t all bad, though. Tyra Banks, the producer of the show and main judge, is great at including diversity, such as women of all races, women with children, women with different sexual orientations, women with curves, and there was even a woman with Aspergers Syndrome included in the model contestants. It’s great, because Tyra is showing that any type of person can be a model.”

This was great to point out because the author felt the need to include the positive things about the show too. Tyra Banks is making it known on television that people of different colors, race, sexuality, mental state,  and social role can become a model …AS LONG AS YOU MEET THE JUDGING CRITERIA in order to get on the show. Tyra is doing a good way of showing that people come in unique shapes and forms.

Nugget 2: “The show also makes it seem like no matter what, the women competing are not good enough, thus making regular women watching the show feel even less beautiful. One way you can see this happening is in the makeover episode of each season. In the second or third episode, the girls have to go through with a makeover that is decided by the judges, to make them more like a model. The often go through hair color and style changes, but sometimes it’s too extreme. For example, giving an african american woman a perm to make her hair longer and smoother, when she is proud of her natural tight curls. The show gives off the vibe that no matter what you naturally look like, you can still look better. Photo-shoots also contribute to feeling like you need to look better, because the judges are so critical of the picture they choose.You mean to say, that when you ask the models to pose like murder victims there should still be warmth in their faces? It’s too extreme, and it seems like it can always be better in the judges eyes.”

This caught my attention because it broke down a specific act that the show, ANTM , takes part in within every season. Clearly stated “The show gives off the vibe that no matter what you naturally look like, you can still look better”. Everybody on the show was picked because they had the look that Tyra Banks and the other judges were looking for. SO the fact that they feel the need to tamper with the contestants’ natural beauty is sending a negative message to the viewers. They are beautiful, but a simple hair cut, color change, and some makeup will make you camera ready and better than before.

Link 3

Harris, Misty. “Feeling a Connection to Thin Celebrities Can Improve Women’s Self-image, Study Finds.” The Gazette (2012): H2. LexisNexis Academic. Web. 10 July 2014.


Main claim:  People feel less negatively effected by the display of thin people in the media if they share similarities.  Even the idea of sharing the same birthday as a thin celebrity or model, can help boost their self-esteem. There has been multiple studies and all of the experiments conducted and listed in her article show that this idea is true and can be proven.


Nugget 1: “Science has long had a bone to pick with skinny models, whose negative effect on women’s self-esteem is well documented. But a groundbreaking new study has uncovered an intriguing exception to the rule.When women feel a personal connection to a thin celebrity, researchers find they’re more likely to assimilate than to contrast. In other words, seeing their favourite slim star in a magazine actually gives their self-image a boost because they assume likeness – much the way spouses focus on the similarities, and not the differences, between them.”It may be that we don’t need to reject thin celebrities, but rather make women feel closer to them in order to allow these protective benefits,” says lead author Ariana Young, who reports her findings in the journal Social Psychological & Personality Science.It’s a controversial notion, to be sure. But across multiple experiments with some 150 college women, it consistently proved true that a “parasocial” (one-sided) relationship with a thin female star or model moderated the negative effects otherwise seen with skinny media figures.In the initial study, women who were led to believe they shared a birthday with an unknown thin model reported feeling better about their bodies after seeing her photo than those who didn’t perceive that similarity.A second study showed women were more satisfied with their bodies after exposure to their favourite thin celebrity than when exposed to a thin celebrity who was less liked.The final study suggested assimilation was the underlying mechanism behind the results of the previous experiments.According to Young, the message for magazines wanting to showcase slim women is that they can reduce the potential for harm by using models or stars who are widely admired by fellow females.”

The idea of sharing the smallest information about yourself with another model/celebrity can help boost your self-esteem when seeing them in the media; this is what caught my attention. This article and nugget is another counterargument and helps show another side of my topic. Seeing that displaying thin models and celebrities on television isn’t always a back thing,is interesting to know because many researchers have thought differently. I believe this is why so many people continue to watch ANTM because the contestants start off as regular people that viewers know.

SYNTHESIS : My first article focused on the pros and cons of “selfies”. It can be both helpful and harmful, depending on the person. But article three says the same thing about the idea of displaying thin models and celebrities in the media. This last article is another view to the idea that only displaying thin models on televisions can have an effect on people. In my research nugget 1 and 2 , both agreed that they had a negative effect on the people who interacted with social medias.

My second article focused on what the Show, ANTM, specifically had to offer and the effect it had on viewers. Mostly negative effects were stated within the article, because of how they deal with outer beauty. The only positive thing that was mentioned was the idea that Tyra selects people with unique differences, to take part in the show. She doesn’t discriminate but she believes that if she can “work her magic” everybody can end up looking the same on the outside.


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