As I was experimenting with my new camera, taking what we used to call the “auto-portrait,” I received an email from Youtube which subject was: “Why the hate on #selfies? YouTube knows.” Very interesting…
The URBAN DICTIONARY gives us the definition of the ‘Word of the Year’:
#SELFIE: “A picture taken of yourself that is planned to be uploaded to Facebook, Myspace, or any other sort of social networking website. You can usually see the person’s arm holding out the camera in which case you can clearly tell that this person does not have any friends to take pictures of them, so they resort to Myspace to find internet friends and post pictures of themselves, taken by themselves. A selfie is usually accompanied by a kissy face or the individual looking in a direction that is not towards the camera.”
Photography became accessible to all, and that is annoying to photographers, but awesone for all the others. Photography has evolved to a kind of Pop Culture Art. Owned by the masses. However, I don’t think any and every thing that is made to capture the moment should be called Photography but just snapping. Some of us love using filters and effects and call that Photography…Well I would just call it snapping.
Sherry Turkle, Proffessor at M.I.T says : Technology doesn’t just do things for us, it does things to us. It changes not just what we do but who we are.
The #selfie makes us put not only ourselves but those around us on pause to capture a moment in order to document our own life. The #selfie became something usual that only our grandparents find odd. It looks like we are scared of losing our memory sooner or later and need to let the World know that yes, that happened to us … The “Kim K” or “Big Brother” culture…
As a 25 year old, I was not born with that snapping culture, I just adopted it, but the generation of my brother who is 15 years old is 100% online and on mobile. As I stop my friends from eating their food cause “I need to take a pic first”… I get scared, what am I becoming ? Just another blogger, posting on her mobile while she speaks to you, “face to face” … Maybe not, maybe I just do what people expect me to do and when I get an average 45 likes per post on Insta for any random post, I get an average of 115 likes when my face is featured and even more when my body is… Kinda creepy, isn’t it ?!
My plans for the future are to control the technology more than it controls me…If that’s even an option!
What are yours ?