Talking about #SELFIES

As I promised.. here’s a blogpost about selfies..


What is a SELFIE?

as for Wikipedia , A selfie is a type of self-portraitphotograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone. Selfies are often associated with social networking and photo sharing services such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Vine where they are commonly posted or sent. In the Korean entertainment industry the word selca (short for “self camera”) is used to describe photos taken of oneself. They are often casual, are typically taken either with a camera held at arm’s length or in a mirror, and typically include either only the photographer, or the photographer and as many people as can be in focus. Selfies taken that involve multiple people are known as “group selfies”

In the news analysis “My Selfie, Myself,”Jenna Wortham writes:

… Selfies have become the catchall term for digital self-portraits abetted by the explosion of cellphone cameras and photo-editing and sharing services. Every major social media site is overflowing with millions of them. Everyone from the pope to the Obama girls has been spotted in one. In late August, Oxford Dictionaries Online added the term to its lexicon. One of the advertisements for the new Grand Theft Auto V video game features a woman in a bikini taking a photograph of herself with an iPhone. In a recent episode of Showtime’s “Homeland,” one of the main characters snaps and sends a topless selfie to her boyfriend. Snapchat, a photo-based messaging service, is processing 350 million photos each day, while a recent project on Kickstarter raised $90,000 to develop and sell a small Bluetooth shutter release for smartphones and tablets to help people take photographs of themselves more easily.

It is the perfect preoccupation for our Internet-saturated time, a ready-made platform to record and post our lives where others can see and experience them in tandem with us. And in a way, it signals a new frontier in the evolution in social media.

“People are wrestling with how they appear to the rest of the world,” Mr. Thompson said. “Taking a photograph is a way of trying to understand how people see you, who you are and what you look like, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

… But it’s far too simplistic to write off the selfie phenomenon. We are swiftly becoming accustomed to — and perhaps even starting to prefer — online conversations and interactions that revolve around images and photos. They are often more effective at conveying a feeling or reaction than text.

so here’s my questions to you guys….:

  • How much do you take and share selfies?
  • In your opinion, what are the best, most interesting kinds of selfies, and what are the worst?
  • Is taking selfies about vanity, about trying to understand how others see you, or about something else? Why do you think people take and share them?
  • Do you agree with the person quoted who says, “The idea of the selfie is much more like your face is the caption and you’re trying to explain a moment or tell a story”? Why or why not?
  • Do you agree with the closing statement of this news analysis, that selfies can sometimes be “a kind of visual diary”?
  • Is the proliferation of selfies changing the way we have online conversations and interactions? How?









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