Directed by South Korean videographer Beomseok Yang, we’re given an easy (yet simultaneously hard) on the eyes understanding of our addiction to Facebook. Yang’s protagonist greets the real world by logging into the virtual, supplanting physical interactions with digital gestures. In this reality, it is not the calorie that keeps us going but the ‘like’. What happens when Yang’s hapless protagonist drops his ‘world’ and watches it shatter before him? You’ll have to watch and find out.
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Never underestimate the power of a pair of scissors, a nice suit and some kindness. In honor of Veteran’s Day, Dégagé Ministries has produced a video featuring the physical transformation of homeless, struggling alcoholic veteran Jim Wolf via a makeover. Of course, many factors play into Wolf’s subsequent decision to join Alcoholics Anonymous and seek housing, but rediscovering his dignity certainly helped expedite the process.
The largest hot air balloon festival in the world is held annually in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photographer Joel Schat perfectly captures the event’s inherent dreaminess in this gorgeous time lapse.
The oft-quoted astrophysicist lets loose on America’s incredible capacity for progress and innovation–as well as our straying from those ideals in the past couple decades. Tyson doesn’t think all hope is lost, however. In doing what we deem impossible–not because it’s easy but because it is hard–we can discover the most important aspects of ourselves and that which unites us all.
While the wizard-like software celebrates its 23rd birthday this year, quite a clamorous crowd is much displeased with its body transforming properties. Released in 2011 by group Global Democracy, this video demonstrates how Photoshop may completely alter the body’s appearance to the point where it no longer looks, well, real. And at an age defined by advertising and mass consumption, men and women alike are inundated with unrealistic–and often impossible–examples of the human form at its most beautiful, fit and sleek.
What’s the solution? While the makers of this video aren’t so naive to think that Photoshop use will ever be a thing of the past–after all, they’re trying to sell an idea–they do demand that all images of models that have been ‘shopped come with a mandatory disclaimer.
In 2007, Carmen Tarleton’s life was irrevocably changed. Her estranged husband broke into her home, pouring industrial-strength lye all over her body. As a result, burns occupied 80% of her body and Tarleton was declared legally blind. This past year, Tarleton underwent a facial transplant surgery, and while it will take time for her nerves to become one with her donor face, she has not let that serve as a barrier to feeling. Rather, it is in the absence of more traditional expression mechanisms that Tarleton, as she states in the video, has truly been able to show her core.