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CollegeHumor Pokes Fun at Your Terrible Instagram Shots

Of course your personal portfolio of washed-out, sepia-toned Instagram pictures is unique. You’ve got an eye for the art form.

Yeah, right. Just like everyone else.

Parody masters CollegeHumor put up a video on Tuesday morning skewering the common practices of Instagram users across the world. It’s hilarious and spreading across social channels fast.

And if my feed of Instagram friends is any indicator, the video has it right on. Pictures of “lemon tarts and lattes as art” populate my stream, much like any other user on the network. It’s a similar refrain from the early days of Twitter, when the service was best known as a time-waster, a method of “letting your friends know what you had for breakfast.”

My personal favorite part: Where the smartphone photographer misses the first steps of his toddler in order to brush out the red-eye in a shot.

Why does it work so well? Because the best jokes always have an element of truth to them.

Now excuse me while I photograph my lunch.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work