we all have that one friend – Andrea Aleman-Pastor

we all have that one friend is a video work using a clip of found footage of a girl sharing her experience of depression with the text “we all have that one friend” edited above and below the frame. It references a genre of video content commonly found on Facebook where users re-post viral videos from other platforms to be spread virally again. Each video is often accompanied with enticing, bold, white text and expressive emojis – these have come to signify quick and entertaining content that others have seen and shared, motivating Facebook users to stop scrolling and enjoy. The disjunction between the content and visual cues complicate the viewer’s assessments about the content chosen to circulate online and what they choose to spend time watching.

Andrea Aleman-Pastor