This “selfie” was taken at the Nelson Mandela memorial yesterday. Many were quite critical of this “selfie”.
From Wikipedia-A selfie is a type of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone, and are usually taken in a slightly tilted manner. Selfies are often associated with social networking. In the Korean entertainment industry the word selca (short for “self camera”) means 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 August 2013 the Guardian produced a film series titled Thinkfluencer exploring selfie exposure in the UK.
Now, I must admit I don’t partake in many “selfies”. I seem to rather take pictures of things I see rather then spending time taking photos of me. There is probably some positive and negatives to my choices.
I also find it weird to go to places and watch people take selfies. It looks awkward. You are trying to twist around to make sure you and all your friends are in the picture. I keep thinking, let me take the photo for you.
Now, if you are bothered by this photo, check the one below out,
It is a picture found in the New York Post. If you look behind her, you will notice that there is someone that was attempting to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge.
Something kind of bothers me about that picture in the New York Post. It felt like it was a commentary on society. It seems we are interested in making sure people see us rather then noticing the world around them. We seem to have a desire to be noticed at the cool places then notice the people around the place. It’s not just her, it seems to be the way of the culture.
Am I overreacting? Is there an issue with the Selfie?