Social Media Narcisism: The Curated Self

Posted: November 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Our obsession with taking selfies is often blamed for what is described as a culture of narcissism. On selfie culture, see “Smug shots and selfless: the rise of Internet self-obsession“. Also see this article in the New York Times, “What Selfie Sticks Really Tell Us About Ourselves“.

Digital social class cultures, such as the “Rich Kids of Instagram“, have emerged online. See “Why the Internet hates the Rich Kids of Instagram”.  See also “Meet the Prom Queen of Instagram”.  Also see this article on the “Cheerlebrities of Instagram“.

Also, a new hashtag is #aftersex — selfies taken right after sex. On that trend see this article in the Guardian, The #aftersex selfie is a betrayal of intimacy and in the Telegraph, “After sex selfies? Showing off just got a whole lot dirtier.” People area also taking selfies at funerals. There is a Tumblr called Selfies at Funerals. On that subject, see “A third of mourners admit to taking selfies at funerals“. People are getting killed taking selfies in dangerous situations. See this article in Mashable, “More People Die Taking Selfies Than From Shark Attacks“.

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Artist Amalia Ulman (photo above) has transformed her photo spoofs of selfie culture into art — and her work had a show at the Tate Modern in London. See, “Tate Modern Taps Amalia Ulman for New Show.” Finally, see this essay, “Instafame: Luxury Selfies in the Attention Economy”. 

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