Socially Homeless: A Photo Set With A Message

By: Amy Cooper, ACRONYM

The Facebook Crusader. The Social Media Whore. The Overly Sensitive, Indifferent Shmuck. We know someone in each category. And while our personalities on social media differ from the people we are in real life, I tend to find that there are (more often than not) people with "homeless souls." 

In this day and age, we are able to express our thoughts without any passion. Copy and paste. Sharing our political views, our religious views, and more, with no real force behind it other than to say it "out loud." We feel socially compelled to put our own spin on social issues, and when something bad happens in the world, we become bleeding hearts for a cause, but only with our words, not with our actions. 

In this photo set, I wanted to highlight "social homelessness" with noting 3 major internet-offenses. These are what I would call "First World Problems," sprawled across cardboard, juxtapositioned with a "homeless" individual. 

Not only did I choose to make this set to bring a social issue to light, but I also wanted to share this message: We spend our time complaining about what's wrong with the world, but then don't bother to fix it. As Detroiters, many overlook the homeless community on a daily basis, viewing them as an annoying burden, rather than remembering they are human beings. I chose these locations specifically to illuminate the issue as much as possible. This is in no way to belittle the community, as myself, and many of my friends have been donating clothing and other items directly to the source: The Detroiters that need it. 

I ask you one thing when viewing these photos: Don't take the message lightly. Examine the things you complain about, whether it be on multimedia posts, or within your friend group. Realize that some of the things that "hurt you" are a lot less traumatizing than what other people in the world have to go through. They probably would kill to have your problems, rather than starving, freezing, and being frowned upon by society.