My Instagram (which is also my Digital Artefact), could be seen as a walled garden, within a walled garden.
To elaborate, a walled garden is often referred to as platform which contains filtered content. I choose what I post to Instagram, therefore my content in curated. I carefully observe similar accounts which help me to choose images to frame a perception and create association chains, with those who have similar interests.
“Quite often, Disney’s great genius, his spark of creativity, was built upon the work of others”
Walled gardens also guarantee quality, just as I do when I crop and edit my images. I can use Instagram Stories for the content that isn’t “post-worthy”.
So, is a walled garden really the “internet”?
NO. My instagram account is not. I can choose who to follow, unfollow or block. I have surveillance over the age range, gender, and location of my followers. Furthermore, I can remove posts and change any information displayed on my account.
“The old internet is shrinking and being replaced by walled gardens”
– John Batelle
Outside of my walled garden, is the garden of Instagram. The owner has my content, can offer upgrades and protect me as a user, from “the big bad net”.
So what lies outside the “wall” of Instagram? Facebook.