Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2014 Meghan M. Gallagher
This thesis updates John Berger's work of critical visual theory, Ways of Seeing, to accommodate emerging web 2.0 technologies and new social media platforms. It analyzes the symbols of wealth and status encoded in both 15th century oil paintings and contemporary Instagram posts and attempts to dissect how American celebrity culture complicates methods of self-promotion and upscale emulation.
Gallagher, Meghan M., "John Berger, Paris Hilton, and The Rich Kids of Instagram: The Social and Economic Inequality of Image Sharing and Production of Power Through Self-Promotion" (2015). Scripps Senior Theses. 545.