One of the most interesting social media phenomena which ought to be studied is, what I like to call, the “current mood” sentiment. There’s quite a number of premature research and articles on social media culture, memes, etc…Yet I believe “current mood” pictures and posts are also quite relevant, and perhaps a bit ostracized, from that kind of research.
I found myself engaged in “current mood” sentiment-type posts on Facebook; it was quite unplanned actually – sometimes I just did not know how to capture, perhaps, complex feelings except through a comic photo or post. In fact, many of the images and posts I used (apart from being apparently funny) bear symbolic meaning – no matter how shallow that meaning may seem to be.
Maybe it takes a particular kind of audience to fully comprehend those meanings in question, yet the factors which contribute to one’s understanding are still vague: is it simply familiarity with the language? Context…? Is there some collectively shared understanding of these images and the feelings they produce? It may be several of those things, and even more, yet there is an interesting opportunity here to explore this phenomenon further that should be seized.
Till then, enjoy this gallery of “current mood” images.