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Use public image to promote beneficial actions, causes in need

This world, generation, society is driven by the visual. That’s clear in the common sighting of a person sitting in a group of people, scrolling through posts on their cell phone or going into any convenience store just to see an entire rack full of magazines, all with a high fashion model on the cover. We thrive off of what we see. It’s what we desperately try to emulate.

Yet, public image has been devalued. Celebrity charity events headline who was dressed the best and the worst. They make the cause of the event secondary in importance. It isn’t about why someone is in a certain place anymore or the work that they are doing but instead about how they “rocked a sporty look” while doing it.

We applaud celebrities for being nice to the homeless, like it isn’t something they should do as decent human beings. Our feeds are flooded with pictures of our peers donating their time to charities, yet the messaging behind the post is more about how wonderful that person wants to sound. It’s a guilt of mine, too. But it seems like if there isn’t a picture proving someone did a good thing, that person won’t feel the satisfaction.

As a whole, I don’t hate our visually-obsessed world, because I too love the breaks I take in between homework assignments to see what my friends, family members and favorite celebrities are doing. The problem is that one’s public image seems to have simply become how they make themselves look rather than their actions and intentions. How others look at us should be based on what we do and how we do it instead of what we’re wearing when we do it.

Doing the right thing isn’t a reason to get on social media and post a selfie. It is, however, a chance to use your social media to promote a good cause. By the same token, it is the responsibility of celebrities to use their platform for good uses, without needing a pat on the back for it.

Moving forward, I challenge myself to use the comparable minute public image I have to promote the things I do rather than how I think I look in the picture. It’s something I think we can all try. Reinventing the definition of public image is a task for those alive today to tackle. With each post, the definition can change.

Audrey Gacsy
Audrey Gacsy is a senior at Crown Point High School. She has been involved in the journalism program for four years. As a sophomore, Audrey was inducted into Quill and Scroll, and has been a member since. During her time on staff, Audrey has enjoyed writing stories, selling ads, and editing pages. This year as a Co-editor-in-chief, Audrey is looking forward to helping other staffers grow as journalists and is excited to improve upon her own skills. Outside of journalism, Audrey enjoys being a Scholarship Director for National Honor Society and member of Best Buddies International. She plans to go to college for Accounting and International Finance. Eventually, Audrey aims to practice financial law.

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