The #Selfie and Its Spinoffs

An introductory aggregate for many things #selfie. Created for COMM 597, New Media Narratives, Winter 2015, Module 6.
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# 3. Here's one point of view regarding selfies - they are a reflection of a narcissist - one obssessed with oneself's superiority.  Conversely, selfies could be a call for attention to oneself to compensate for one's sense of inferiority.

The Selfie Syndrome

# 6. A major #selfie spinoff, the photobomb, rose to popularity with this carefully planned shot of Elizabeth II sneaking into the background.  For me, this is one of the best shots of Her Majesty I've ever seen - she seems truly delighted.

The Queen photobombs Hockeyroos players Jayde Taylor and Brooke Peris at the Commonwealth Games.

# 1. Vincent Van Gogh is the earliest #selfie creator I can think of.  Between 1886-89, before and after his famous ear amputation, Van Gogh created over three dozen #selfies in various media.  All were of the left side of his face, as he used a mirror to create them (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portraits_of_Vincent_van_Gogh).  This pencil and charcoal pair is his earliest-known #selfie

Vincent van Gogh - Self-portraits, Paris Pencil, pen and dark brown ink, on wove paper, x cm.

# 2. For those who think the #selfie is a Millennial phenomenon, think again: the day after Ellen DeGeneres posted her famous 2013 Oscar welfie, former US Secretary of State Colin Powell set the record straight: "I was doing selfies 60 years before you Facebook folks. Eat your heart out Ellen!"

Colin Powell's Vintage Selfie Is A Must See

# 8. Do selfie takers have an aggrandized sense of self? A common theme evoking this belief comes from #selfies taken at memorials to war and tragedy - here are two selfies taken at Auschwitz and a welfie taken at Ground Zero.  The centre, by US teen Breanna Mitchell, caused such backlash that she was forced to delete her Twitter account.  However, there's no such thing as a true delete on Social Media, and this can lead to a lifetime of regret.  Could the #selfie be the new tattoo?

Auschwitz Selfie Teen unrepentant as memorial posing trend grows

# 8. Do selfie takers have an aggrandized sense of self? A common theme evoking this belief comes from #selfies taken at memorials to war and tragedy - here are two selfies taken at Auschwitz and a welfie taken at Ground Zero. The centre, by US teen Breanna Mitchell, caused such backlash that she was forced to delete her Twitter account. However, there's no such thing as a true delete on Social Media, and this can lead to a lifetime of regret. Could the #selfie be the new tattoo?

# 4. Editors of the Oxford Dictionary unanimously declared "selfie" as the word of the year in 2013.  Spinoffs of the selfie include wefies, seen here with Pope Francis.  As narcissistic as they seem, #selfies cross generations and bring them together.

Oxford Dictionaries name 'selfie' as 2013's word of the year

# Editors of the Oxford Dictionary unanimously declared "selfie" as the word of the year in Spinoffs of the selfie include wefies, seen here with Pope Francis. As narcissistic as they seem, cross generations and bring them together.

# 5. This self-deprecating selfie from Ricky Gervais speaks to his desire to appear more human, especially given his commentary here. Ricky started his bathtub selfie series in 2012, shortly after his last gig hosting the Golden Globes was critically panned.  Could it be his attempt to reach out to an alienated public?

Celebrity selfies: Neil Gaiman, Tilda Swinton and more

# 9. And we will end with the most notorious #selfie of all, the buttfie Now this technically is not self-taken, but it really speaks to society's discomfort with those who over-selfie, like Kim Kardashian.  Society has responded to this with the meme, like we see here.  Ahem - happy trails!

Evolutionary scientists claim the attraction to a large female bottom (Kim Kardashian pict.

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