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SELFIE

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Abby Keith

on 20 March 2014

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Transcript of SELFIE

The Selfie
Symbolic
Conflict
You can make or break your reputation with the way you portray yourself in selfies.
The "Looking Glass" Self
A person's perception of themselves comes from interactions in society and the perceptions of other people.
SELFIE
"A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website." (Oxford Dictionary)
Culture

Good looks
Material wealth & expensive possessions
Popularity

3 Components:
Imagine how others see us
Imagine how others judge us
Self-concept develops
We use the selfie to portray our best "looking glass" self -not necessarily our true self - to society
The number of likes your selfie gets on a social media site symbolizes your beauty or popularity.
Some people even dress up, put on makeup, and get ready as if they are going out

Just to take a selfie
Narcissism
Bad selfie!
The narcissism epidemic in millennials raises questions about how the selfie impacts us
Good selfie!

Socialization
Betrayed by the selfie
A Swedish teen was caught after robbing a fast food restaurant after this picture was found on her phone.
A New York man posted this photo on his Facebook after robbing a bank, wearing the same outfit seen on surveillance cameras.
A Florida man stole a smartphone and took a selfie on it, unawre that the owner's account was linked to the phone and could view the pictures without having the phone.
History of the Selfie
The first ever selfie was taken by Robert Cornelius in 1839.
Painting self portraits has been common since humans learned how to paint.
Self Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh
Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror by Parmigianino
Self-Portrait by Catharina van Hemesse
"Selfie" was named word of the year in 2013 by Oxford Dictionary, but its first recorded use was in 2002 by a user on an online forum who posted a picture of an injury he sustained after a night out.

"'...And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.'"
Selfies are now so common that world leaders have taken them and records have been set with them.
Millennial Generation
When does taking a selfie go too far?
In a world where technology is the norm, selfies have become more and more common.
Two of the main types of socialization institutions:
family
and
peers
Family portraits are common- why not family selfies?
Taken off the cuff, randomly- for memories
Millennials and everyone around them have camera phones- a norm they grew to accept. Why not use them?
A lack of likes can symbolize unpopularity, rejection or loneliness.
"Millennials", the kids and teens growing up now, have been raised with technology and have been given free reign over their parents.
Often said to be
dependent
babied
unprepared
entitled
What impact are selfies having on our values as a culture?
More likes = more value
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