Since the dawn of the smartphone and the ability to switch reverse the camera and take a photo of yourself, it’s just so easy! It’s a very independent thing. You can travel the world with just an i phone or an android and capture every movement of the trip with yourself in it, without the need for anyone to help you…
I remember having a Nokia flip phone and trying to perfectly line up the camera on the back on the phone to take a flattering image of my face, what it turned out was a terribly pixelated image of my nose because I accidently hit the zoom button. But now, the technology we are given revolved around this vanity. I’ve done it, you probably have too.
But now, the technology we are given revolved around this vanity, celebrities engage with this self-absorbed, documented lifestyle.
It’s kind of just….. a bit much.
But we all buy into it! Applications such as Snapchat, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Pinterest, youtube, vine and Facebook all promote this ‘self’.
Snapchat has its filters…
We are a MATERIALISTIC GENERATION. “Technology gives us the control to shape and manipulate who we are and perhaps mask our flaws and imagined shortcomings in a way that we could not off-line. It’s an opportunity for us to showcase ourselves to the world with little or no repercussions. So, when the “likes” and affirming responses to our carefully selected selfies come in large numbers in a given week, the satisfaction of that kind of global validation is immeasurable. The seductive ego boost is hard to pass up. It’s almost like a drug.”
But, there is an alternate version from selfies above. There is this heightened ability to be independent.
Freedom is increased, and it can give people a voice that may have not had one before.
It can be used as a tool for activism:
“From the Syrian Jihadist #selfies to the recent #selfie rallies conducted on social media websites in solidarity with various economic, political, and social issues around the world, taking and sharing #selfies have turned into a popular form of visual expression and activism in the digital networked era. This Core Conversation will thus examine the aesthetic, technological, commercial and sociopolitical function and impact of online self-portraits, and will particularly focus on the ways by which #selfies and #selfie activism challenge the contemporary notions of the state, government, Capital, urban design, copyright, privacy, and civic engagement. Aside from revisiting the historical dichotomy between the private and the public within the feminist discourse, the conversation will also trace the global history of portraiture in the arts and photography from the 19th C to the drug cartel #selfies of present day Mexico to self-shot and uploaded close-up orgasms on indie-porn sites.“
This quote is critical for the development and use of the selfie. it doesn’t need to revolve around a narcissist community.
However https://www.rawhide.org/blog/infographics/selfie-obsession-the-rise-of-social-media-narcissism/ the infographic on this page is another dark affect of selfies on society. There is this need to achieve what society perceives as ‘perfect’.
It is the message the selfie promotes, for example: