Thanksgiving fails, the natural next step for social media

26 Nov 2015

Thanksgiving is a major holiday in the US, and now, with the help of Instagram, it has become a self-deprecating whirlwind of cooking catastrophes.

When Instagram first emerged, it largely served its purpose as a place where people could go to post their relentlessly unimpressive overhead shots of different meals.

You sat in a restaurant and saw someone snap their food and it, most likely, meant that that sea bass would be immortalised before it was even consumed.

As with most things online, though, it stopped becoming a domain for positivity and quickly emerged as a self-deprecating arena for users to admit their errors. Something Twitter, too, got to grips with.

Around any holiday season this seems magnified. Around Thanksgiving it reaches a zenith. As explained by these #Thanksgivingfails

Thanksgiving cake fail. #thanksgivingfail

A photo posted by David (@southernsilverfox) on

So much for my overnight crockpot breakfast casserole:(….still tastes pretty good though! #thanksgivingfail

A photo posted by AshleyGuertin (@ashguert37) on

And this is why my name is not Martha Stewart… #thanksgivingfail #pumpkinpiedeath #thissumsupmylife A photo posted by Allison_Venezia (@allison_venezia) on

Is it the thought that counts? ? #thanksgivingfail #turkeyday #igiveup

A photo posted by Aubrey Zerhusen Herndon (@aubrey_011) on

You were a good pie. We will miss you tomorrow. #thanksgivingfail #imightcry A photo posted by Jessica Forno (@5fornos) on

Thanksgiving day fail #thanksgiving2015 #thanksgivingfail ?✌️??

A photo posted by Amanda Straub (@thisisamandarose) on

Ha! Nothing ever looks like it does in a magazine ? my turkeys look disabled..#thanksgivingfail

A photo posted by @brad_katelend on

Embarrassed man image, via Shutterstock

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic