Uncle John is Dead, But I Look Fabulous!

By Jeffrey Polet for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC
http://www.frontporchrepublic.com/2013/10/uncle-john-is-dead-but-i-look-fabulous/

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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