Do the Instagram stars show we're now all living in a false reality? - PAU Valencia inglés 2015

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Do the Instagram stars show we're now all living in a false reality?Celebrities  have  always  been  paid  to  promote  products  through  social  media.  But  increasingly, Instagram  users  without  real-world  fame  are  cashing  in  too.  While  you’ve  been  putting  up  photos of your dog, others have been busy building up their own brand identity. Companies have sprung up that encourage  followers  to  buy  the  clothes  on  your  back,  the  pillows  on your bed, the bowl your cat eats from... You can now assemble your identity through photos that shape your style and your home.
One of the first Instagram stars was a woman called Jen Selter, who got noticed after posting multiple shots of  the  results  of  her  fitness  regime.  Looking  through  her  photos  you  can  see  why  people  feel compelled to follow her: an ordinary girl who encourages you to work out for similar results.
Much  has  been  written  about  celebrity  culture  –the dangers  of  attempting  to  emulate  our  favourite Hollywood  heroes.  Why  are  these  new  insta-celebs  any  different?  They’re  not  sharing  spontaneous moments  or  candid  pictures  that  give you a realistic look at their lives, they’re presenting a stage set. The idea behind it is to make you believe that if you spend enough, work out enough, you can be like them.  And  it  works,  because  they’re  not  megastars  but  people  like  you.  This  is  why  you  think  their status is achievable.
When your own life becomes your job, though, you’re bound to present it dishonestly. Let’s demand a bit more  reality,  and  present  a  more  honest  version  of  our  own  lives  in  response.  We  might  find  that there is no need to emulate a life that reaches us only through a heavily filtered lens.
Adapted from an article by Bella Mackie, The Guardian, 27th November, 2014 



I.Answer  the  following  questions  using  your  own  words  but  taking  into  account  the information in the text. (2 points: 1 point each)
  • a. How do companies advertise their products on Instagram? PAR 1.
  • b. Why are people interested in Jen Selter?  PAR 2.

II. Are  the  following  statements  true  (T)  or  false  (F)? Identify  the  part  of  the  text  that supports  your  answer  by  copying  the  exact  passage  on  the answer  sheet.  (1.5  points:  0.5 each)

III. Find a synonym for each of the four definitions below from these six options. (1 point: 0.25 each)
brand        fitness         encourages           look           demand              reaches

IV. Choose a, b, or c, in each question below. Only one choice is correct. (1.5 points: 0.5 each)
1. Selter’s photos of her fitness regime make people think that...
2. Instagram stars...
3. Insta-celebs attract interest because...

Part B. Write a 130 to 150-word composition.
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a celebrity? (4 points)

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