Uncle John is Dead, But I Look Fabulous!

by Jeffrey Polet on October 31, 2013 · 2 comments <span>Print this article</span> Print this article

in Short

When I think we can’t hit new lows, I run across something like this:

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/10/selfies-at-funerals/280972/

I am hardly familiar with this “selfie” phenomenon, but I can’t see it as a good development. I saw a 19 year old recently do something called “snapshot,” or something like that, wherein you take a picture of yourself prior to every text that you send. For the life of me I don’t see the point of that, but it is astonishing to me how often young persons end up pointing cameras at themselves. It’s as if the digital image is a palimpsest, a simultaneous negation of their real selves and a freezing in time of a digital self.

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avatar Rob G October 31, 2013 at 11:30 am

Part of this is simply the novelty of the thing — until recently it hasn’t been this easy to take a decent picture of oneself. But I think that it’s hard to argue that there’s not a narcissistic substrate to all of this, as there is to the vast majority of social media-related stuff.

avatar D.W. Sabin October 31, 2013 at 5:33 pm

So, we’re supposed to be surprised at the human’s besotted love of gadgets ? Surprise graduating to indignity?

Gadgets are a perfect distraction.

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