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'.
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."
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
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."
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...
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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