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Transcript of SELFIES
symbolism and selfies
how does culture play into the selfie?
looking glass self
what if your self-esteem becomes directly linked to likes and comments?
if self-esteem is directly linked to comments/likes on social media, what does that teach us to value about ourselves?
we have to always say where we are, what we're doing, who we're with
we are socialized to value the opinions of strangers on the internet more than our own opinions of ourselves
HISTORY OF THE SELFIE
but what if it goes too far?
Joseph Nicephore Niepce records the first permanent photograph using a wooden box camera made by the Chevalier Brothers in Paris
Louis-Jaques-Mande Daguerre develops the Daguerreotype process (1st commercially viable photography process)
Robert Cornelius snaps a Daguerreotype of himself. On the back he writes "The first light picture ever taken, 1839." It is the first selfie!!
Eastman Kodak releases the Brownie camera for $1 which popularizes low-cost, amateur photography. Suddenly selfies are within reach for the general public!!
The Kodachrome process of color photography is released by Eastman Kodak. Selfies can now be taken in color!!
Fairchild Semiconductor releases the first large CCO chip. making digital photography possible. This chip could take a .01 megapixel selfie!!
The sharp J-SHO4 is released by J-phone in Japan- the first cell-phone with an integrated camera.
MySpace is founded in Beverly Hills. Selfies are the dominant choice for profile pictures.
The Apple iPhone is released, paving the way for social media apps and for instantly posting selfies to the internet.
Instagram is released, introducting the world to a new breed of photo-sharing apps.
Also, the iPhone 4 is released with a front facing camera.
The Oxford English Dictionary announces inclusion of the word selfie and names it the Word of the Year for 2013.
There was huge popularity for sharing cartes-de-viste (little photocards) of oneself- aka selfies!!
Photobooths date back to about this time, attracting groups of friends.
The Polaroid camera was first introduced. It could be held at arms length while taking pictures, so it encouraged intimate photos (aka selfies!)
The selfie becomes marginalized due to MySpace being overshadowed by Facebook.
So what about selfies today??
Selfies make up about 30% of all photos taken by our generation.
Selfies... seem simple, right?
"keeping up with the Joneses"
I need to feel like I'm as good as you! Look how interesting my life is!
we imagine how we appear to others, we analyze their reaction and how they view us, and then we use their views to develop feelings about ourselves
followers = fake friends?
if we are socialized to believe that everything we do is important and noteworthy, then what happens when we enter the work force?
According to the Pew Research Center, teenagers in America share more information than ever about themselves on social media. Of those studied, 91% post photos of themselves online.
"It’s what everyone wants: attention. Attention is power. And if you are someone people are interested in, then the selfie provides something very powerful, from the most privileged perspective possible... 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.'”
There are over 150 million accounts on Instagram and well over 16 billion photos.
7 million people check their account over 20 times a day.
selfies = attention