For my final piece in the Narratives in the Digital Age literary journalism course, I wanted to create an essay that reflected my passion for social media, marketing, and writing.
My essay “Game Changing” is a social commentary on the nature of personal branding and marketing. It was inspired by Essena O’Neill and the reaction she received after deleting social media in November.
After weeks of reporting and revising, I published my work on Medium for my teacher (and the world) to see. I enjoyed crafting original arguments as well as researching about O’Neill.
To note: At the time the essay was published, O’Neill regularly created content for her website. Unfortunately, she deleted her writings on essenaoneill.com a few weeks after publishing this work.
Lesson learned: always take screenshots just in case people delete their posts!