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Session: #NoFilter: Digital Identities, Curated realities and the Impact of Life Performed Online

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Life in lockdown has made our digital identities our only encounters with one another. In the digital age, filtered or edited photos are more common than not. Life isn’t lived, it’s curated. This has come to influence, not only how we depict ourselves online, but also the extent to which we emulate said digital identities offline. One has immediate access to tools to cover their insecurities or fine-tune with Facetune. These behaviours have given rise to new health conditions like Snapchat dysmorphia, a condition coined by surgeons continuously asked by patients to “look like their selfie”. In a world where we see each other less and less in person, what kind of impact might this behaviour have on identity, beauty and confidence? What happens when your self doesn’t look like your selfie or when we all aim for a single version of beauty?? In a post-covid world, does that even matter anymore?

This is significant because it:

  • Raises awareness of the impacts of the content we actively consume and create
  • Acknowledges biases in virality algorithms which center white presenting, attractive, and provocative content
  • Explores futures in which this path continues, and provides opportunities to shift the path

Three ideas Futures Festival participants will learn are:

  • How harmful the content we consume and produce truly is on our perceptions of self and others
  • How virality algorithms alter what is shown and perceived as the norm
  • Who can change shape healthy content futures and how


See the video on Vimeo from APF.


Melissa Eshaghbeigi (she/her)

Cultural Strategist

A millennial on the Internet and Cultural Strategist, Melissa exclusively thinks and talks about the world wide web. She's curious about the intersection of internet culture and real life and tells stories about what people are consuming online to inspire new, relevant and authentic ways for brands to connect with people. Her work has contributed to projects for adidas, Levi's, Twitter, Miller Genuine Draft and most recently, the National Film Board of Canada. She's interested in your search history, thinks content is capital and likes the Internet, a lot. Send her a link.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/eshaghbeigi

Roxanne Nicolussi (she/her)

Design Strategist & Futurist

Roxi is an entrepreneurial design strategist and futurist from Toronto (currently based in Bermuda). She is fascinated by the ways digital trends of today will shape human experiences of tomorrow. From running discovery research to leading international roll-out of new innovations, Roxi loves the process of creating something from nothing. By day, you'll find her leading the experience design and product strategy at RBC. By night, you'll find her taking on passion projects alone or with her team of collaborators at 5Y Impact Collective. She is always eager to get her hands on (seemingly) unsolvable problems and uncertain futures.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigpictureroxi