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> I’ve never taken to taking #selfies, nor compelled to put them on social media. Or at least, not taking #selfies and posting them publicly. Today, I took three selfies and posted them to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. And then all three to WordPress…

January 06, 2014 at 09:07AM http://instagram.com/p/i1dAK7trG1/



I’m still alive. And I am no more or less self-absorbed than I was before posting them. I’m still as selfish, vain, and impatient as I was before I took the selfies. It’s worth mentioning that my hair didn’t fall out, my freckles are still on my face, and I still need to see a specialist to look at my ankle.

Oddly enough, today’s post was a bit influenced by this article about selfies written by James Franco. Yeah, I just typed that sentence.

Actually, I don’t ascribe to 95% of what Franco wrote – about how selfies are great for garnering attention, likes, and power – I don’t need those, or particularly want to achieve any of that via those false, fleeting affirmations. What made me think was in his final paragraph:

I am actually turned off when I look at an account and don’t see any selfies, because I want to know whom I’m dealing with. In our age of social networking, the selfie is the new way to look someone right in the eye and say, “Hello, this is me.”

I’ve unfollowed friends because all they did with their instagram was post selfie after selfie after selfie, but I can get behind the need for providing a more personal connection to the content you’re putting out. One glance at my last-however-many instagram photos and it’s a cornucopia of inanimate objects.

I could argue that if you’re turned off by an account with no selfies then you and I have different perspectives. That said, I can see how someone might personally connect more if there’s a selfie or two mixed in and what’s the harm in that?

** As an additional non-interesting note, I was first introduced to the word “selfie” a few years ago by my ex-boyfriend’s goddaughter. “Selfy” (as I imagined it was spelled in my head) was referring to herself in third person. I wonder if there’s a relation between the two?

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