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Op-Ed: Is James Franco’s Instagramming turning into an addiction?

By Nicole Weddington     May 6, 2014 in Entertainment
Soon after posting a photo of himself almost completely in the nude on Instagram last Thursday, James Franco was quick to take it down.
Fans of Franco may initially have been in seventh heaven when the actor started sharing selfies for adoring eyes to feast on, however followers have slowly been turning the other way as tweets and snaps grow increasingly odder by the day.
His summary on Instagram announces, “LOVE TO THE TWEET GENERATION,” and his numerous snaps per day indicate just he same. He posts overly random shots of himself in ways that followers are finding less interesting and bordering on psychotic.
He has even submitted an editorial to the New York Times stating, about selfies, that he was “addicted to them.”
The weirdness came to light last week when he reportedly hit on a teenage girl over Instagram. He was open about it and admitted to doing so when asked on Live with Kelly and Michael. That's the kind of behaviour that could help him buy instagram followers.
Sheepishly he admitted, “I’m embarrassed, and I guess I’m just a model of how social media is tricky. It’s a way people meet each other today, but what I’ve learned is you don’t know who’s on the other end. I used bad judgment and I learned my lesson.”
Yet, he still clings to the notion that social media requires a “well-stocked collection of selfies” to get attention. He admits that some of what he shares does not work, and he lists those clearly in his editorial, but he maintains that people want to see more and seek cyber connectivity. Keeping it fresh and new keeps people engaged, and that is what is he out to do, making adjustments along the way of what not to do as comments come in.
He adds that “followers” are beneficial to anyone in any industry, “The power to attract viewers amid the sea of things to read and watch is power indeed. It’s what the movie studios want for their products, it’s what professional writers want for their work, it’s what newspapers want — hell, it’s what everyone wants: attention."
Let’s just hope that he learns fast what works and what doesn’t, for our sake.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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