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I started to become wildly frustrated by people who misunderstand the 'selfie' as a narcissistic behavior. Working as a Strategist (mostly within the confines of Digital communications) I'm frequently called to examine people's behaviors online, and become agitated by the polarizing and often negative commentary around this social phenomenon. This is an ongoing attempt to collect some articles that explain, examine or non-judgementally unpack the phenomenon of the 'Selfie'.
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The Return of the Selfie

The Return of the Selfie | Selfie Theory | Scoop.it
As social-media sites requiring a profile picture gained popularity, so, too, did the self-taken photograph…
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a look at the way selfies have evolved from platform-to-platform.

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Selfies and Selfiehood

I love the word "selfie"! People used to call pictures of themselves GPOY—Gratuitous Pictures Of Yourself. But that tag has disappeared from the vernacular, displaced by selfie. Maybe it was becaus...
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A philosophical examination of the phenomenon: "The real narcissists are the ones who never take selfies. They imagine their self as autonomous, hermetic—too precious to be shared."

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A Page One Selfie » Cyborgology

A Page One Selfie » Cyborgology | Selfie Theory | Scoop.it
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The sociological implications of the recent Boston Bomber documentation using selfies, and a look at the medium: "The selfie isn’t just any photo of you, it is, of course, one taken of yourself, by yourself, and there is something simultaneously fitting and upsetting in the young bomber taking his own mugshot."

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The rise and rise of the 'selfie'

The rise and rise of the 'selfie' | Selfie Theory | Scoop.it
From Justin Bieber to the Obamas and Madonna, the self-taken cameraphone photo – now a staple of Instagram and Twitter – has become one of the cultural markers of our time
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A look at the rise of the Selfie- "Selfies offer a modicum of control in a snap-happy era, where you're in charge of the image produced, and all editorial decisions are yours... They are also often silly, an immediate snapshot commemoration of the big and small events in our lives."

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What Your Selfie Says About You

What Your Selfie Says About You | Selfie Theory | Scoop.it
Relax. Recording your own image is human nature.
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a breakdown of different types of 'selfie' and a look at what they actually mean or represent.

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Stop Saying Phones Mean Not "Living In The Moment"

Stop Saying Phones Mean Not "Living In The Moment" | Selfie Theory | Scoop.it
Ian MacKaye of Fugazi fame gave a talk at the Library of Congress last night and touted this now quite common argument,
“ I think that people are constantly thinking about capturing things that...
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A fight back on selfie and smartphone backlash- "Your experience of this moment is “chatter”, your rap isn’t music, your graffiti isn’t art, your tweets aren’t “real” communication, your selfie is deranged narcissism but writing my thoughts on paper is healthy—this sort of subjugation and disqualification isn’t new."


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Ugly Is the New Pretty: How Unattractive Selfies Took Over the Internet

Ugly Is the New Pretty: How Unattractive Selfies Took Over the Internet | Selfie Theory | Scoop.it
It puts personality back into a superficial practice of self-documentation, says one participant.
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The way in which selfies have evolved to a new 'ugly' format, especially with the introduction of snapchat.

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The Fat Boi Diaries: Why Selfies?

The Fat Boi Diaries: Why Selfies? | Selfie Theory | Scoop.it
Last week at an apartment party in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood on the North side, I whipped out my iPhone 5, told the folks at the gathering to press together, and clicked away. Simple act...
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The human view on 'why': "I take my selfies because I am that guy who, unless he takes the picture or suggests it, doesn’t get his picture taken."

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