It’s never been easier or to craft your own public persona than it is today. Thanks to affordable technological tools–particularly the surprisingly, high-quality digital camera with which virtually every smartphone is equipped–anyone with basic, fine-motor skills can generate endless self-portraits.
It goes something like this: 1. Pick up your phone. 2. Press the camera icon–and don’t forget to select the option that let’s you point and shoot without even flipping the device doaround. 3. Extend your arm outward–distance varies and is only limited by the length of your arm. 4. Observe your face on the screen and make desired adjustments. 5. Smile, pout, stick out your tongue, look sultry, or otherwise express yourself. 6. Press the fake shutter button and hold still ever so briefly. 7. Check the end result and repeat if necessary.
Critics lament the popularity and persistence of the so-called “selfie,” regarding the trend as, in some ways, emblematic of a larger cultural fixation with instant gratification, self-absorption or narcissism, and possibly even mental health problems. Most people, particularly the more youthful ones with whom the trend most seems to appeal, seem less shameless self promoters than fans of the ease with which one can document life, from the milestones to minutiae, placing the self front and center in said visual documents. … (Read more)