In a few years, Instagram went from being a niche photo-sharing app to a juggernaut that wields tremendous influence over both social media and photography. That influence isn't always good, and as this great video essay discusses, it's choking photography.
Coming to you from James Popsys, this great video essay talks about the topic of how Instagram may be negatively influencing the photography industry from a creative standpoint. I think Popsys makes a great point about how the combination of accessibility and quantization of approval can create an echo chamber where a certain type of post receives good feedback, and people try to emulate it, creating a constant loop. As he mentions, the content on Instagram seems to be regressing toward a creative mean of sorts, and because of its vast reach, it's taking a good chunk of photographers with it. I think the quantized nature of it is particularly dangerous. Putting one's work in something like a gallery creates a forum for subjective feedback, and there's always wiggle room within that. But 300 likes is always more than 100, and that tends to pressure people into matching the prevailing creative norm. Instagram is great to share your work on, but don't let it tell you how to work.