The selfindulgent selfie

 

I love the famous Oscar selfe! It captures the moment and went on to make twitter history!

I’m all for a great selfie, with friends it can capture a great moment, friends being friends. Mostly the poses are funny, likable, and capture the spirit of the moment.

But help me, what is the idea of someone regularly posting solo selfies on their face book page? The only people I have seen doing it are of attractive people, fully made up, pouting to perfection, and who appear to bask in the praise and the “ohh gorgeous” comments, but really are they so insecure, self obsessed that they need this regular adulation? I think it’s ego centric and vain, but I call it as it us and considered that I maybe a little harsh, so I did some digging.

A selfie is defined by wikipedia as:

A selfie is a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone. Selfies are often shared on social networking services such as Instagram, Snapchat, and Tumblr. They are often casual, and are typically taken either with a camera held at arm’s length or in a mirror.

In 2013, the word “selfie” had become commonplace enough to be monitored for inclusion in the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Probably the most famous selfie was the Oscar selfie and tweeted all over the world, taken by Bradley Cooper and initiated by Ellen DeGeneres.

There was a great article in the UK Guardian that discussed the retweet phenomena Oscar selfie most retweeted ever. What I focused on was the age range of people now activity doing selfies and a

Britons now take 35m selfies a month, a survey found last year, and while the craze’s popularity among the young is undeniable, this is not a habit confined to teenage girls. More than half of British adults have apparently taken one, including 29% of the over 65s. The term was judged the word of 2013, and has earned its place in the dictionary, as well as the cultural consciousness.

 

However it was Professor of digital economy at the university of Brighton, Gillian Youngs who concluded that

“The selfie is about capturing yourself in a moment of some kind,” she says, just another way of saying: I am here. “Wherever we are – whether we are on the loo, wherever – our phones are with us.”

The Urban dictionary’s definition is:

A picture taken of yourself that is planned to be uploaded to Facebook, Myspace or any other sort of social networking website. You can usually see the person’s arm holding out the camera in which case you can clearly tell that this person does not have any friends to take pictures of them so they resort to Myspace to find internet friends and post pictures of themselves, taken by themselves. A selfie is usually accompanied by a kissy face or the individual looking in a direction that is not towards the camera.

It is not about capturing yourself in a self-indulgent, pouted to perfection, ego centric and vanity driven picture whose sole purpose is to welcome and attract the “ohhs” and the “ahhhs”.

 

 

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