Instagram Horror Film Takes Selfies Into A Very Dark Place

"When you look long into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you."


When we last checked in with Space Oddity films, we took a look at their grisly Snapchat horror short 3 SECONDS which took a look at the ever-expanding overlap between technology and human life. It challenged audiences to examine the relationships that we have with technology, how they effect our social interactions, and the unintended consequences that might come if we do not realize that technology does change — and has changed — both the inner and external landscapes of our lives.

ME2, released on YouTube just yesterday, continues that exploration.

Directed by 3 SECONDS' Alex J. Mann and starring Julia Kelly, their latest outing is a similarly observant meditation on the prevalence of "selfie culture"and its relationship to body image, social pressure, and destructive side of vanity.

At once a visceral take on Friedrich Nietzsche's aphorism —"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And when you look long into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you." — and a warning that as we try to present what we think of our "best" selves, we do so at the risk of harm to our true selves.

Mann's production reminds us that it's important not to become consumed with becoming social media creations: to keep our selfies separable from our selves.

Although a visual metaphor, ME2 depicts how a life that is lived as a performance becomes a hollow and one-sided.

The gravitas of this conclusion comes in the final, unsettling moments of the film.

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