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Poignant Social Media Paintings

This Time Lapse Mural Video Portrays a 'Likely' Addiction

— July 16, 2014 — Art & Design
This time-lapse mural video depicts a piece by a street artist by the name of Mister Thoms. 'Like A Vision' is a representation of people's addiction to social media and obsession with getting likes and virtual feedback on Facebook. The mural features a crazed looking man with Facebook branded blinders and multiple speech bubbles around him with the word 'like' in it. The symbolic thumbs up icon is on a string dangling from a stick stuck to his head, similar to a carrot on a line.

The time-lapse mural video shows how this piece was completed. The Italian street artist's work is poignant and surreal, with a humorous element as well. In addition to murals, Mister Thoms is a cartoonist, filmmaker, painter, sculptor and writer.
Trend Themes
1. Addiction to Social Media - Opportunity for innovative tech solutions that help break the addiction cycle and promote healthy use of social media platforms.
2. Virtual Feedback Obsession - Potential for disruptive tools and services that shift focus away from likes and prioritize meaningful engagement and connections on social media.
3. Street Art as Social Commentary - Space for disruptive platforms or initiatives that use street art as a medium to convey powerful messages and provoke thought in public spaces.
Industry Implications
1. Technology - Creating innovative apps or features that promote balanced social media use and tackle the issues of addiction and virtual feedback dependency.
2. Social Media - Developing new strategies or tools that encourage authentic engagement and connection, moving away from the fixation on likes and seeking validation.
3. Art and Culture - Exploring new avenues for street artists to create thought-provoking works that address social and cultural phenomena, fostering conversations in public spaces.
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