The World in a Selfie

The World in a Selfie

Is there really much to distinguish the package holiday from hipster city-breaks to Berlin or Brooklyn? Why do we engage our free time in an activity we profess to despise? The World in a Selfie dissects a global cultural phenomenon.

Author: Marco D'Eramo

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 9781788731072

Category: Social Science

Page: 289

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A spirited critique of the cultural politics of the tourist age. Or, why we are all tourists who hate tourists We've all been tourists at some point in our lives. How is it we look so condescendingly at people taking selfies in front of the Tower of Pisa? Is there really much to distinguish the package holiday from hipster city-breaks to Berlin or Brooklyn? Why do we engage our free time in an activity we profess to despise? The World in a Selfie dissects a global cultural phenomenon. For Marco D'Eramo, tourism is not just the most important industry of the century, generating huge waves of people and capital, calling forth a dedicated infrastructure, and upsetting and repurposing the architecture and topography of our cities. It also encapsulates the problem of modernity: the search for authenticity in a world of ersatz pleasures. D'Eramo retraces the grand tours of the first globetrotters - from Francis Bacon and Samuel Johnson to Arthur de Gobineau and Mark Twain - before assessing the cultural meaning of the beach holiday and the 'UNESCO-cide' of major heritage sites. The tourist selfie will never look the same again.
Categories: Social Science

The Psychology of the Selfie

The Psychology of the Selfie

who know the selfie-taker. They could also represent a method for reaching out to others, including strangers, as a kind of broadcast message to the world about the selfie-taker, their existence and their character (Eler, 2017).

Author: Barrie Gunter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000428940

Category: Photography

Page: 190

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The Psychology of the Selfie provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of research on the significance of selfies, offering insights into the topic from a psychological perspective and examining important issues such as body image, self-objectification, mental health and psychological benefits. Selfies are a worldwide phenomenon. Although dismissed by critics as a sign of self-absorbed narcissism, they are also a social currency that maintains and reinforces friendships, a feedback loop for self-identity affirmation, a promotional tool for gaining social influence, and a method for preserving memories of life events. In this book, Barrie Gunter expertly explores the psychological underpinnings of the contemporary global phenomenon of "selfies", from the historical roots and meteoric rise due to technical advancements, to the different personality types of selfie-takers, to social relationships, to group and personal identity. Looking at both the psychological nature and impact of selfies, this book reviews different psychological outcomes for selfie-takers, both positive and negative, and the growth in psychological and physical problems that can sometimes arise. Presenting a comprehensive analysis specifically of selfie behaviour, this book is an essential reference for students and researchers in communications and media, journalism, information studies, psychology and sociology, as well as anyone with a general interest in the phenomenon.
Categories: Photography

The Selfie Generation

The Selfie Generation

“The Selfiest Cities in the World: TIME's Definitive Ranking.” TIME. 10 March 2014. http://time.com/selfies-cities-world-rankings; To discover the “selfiest” cities across the world, TIME magazine assembled a database of more than ...

Author: Alicia Eler

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781510722668

Category: Social Science

Page: 316

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Whether it's Kim Kardashian uploading picture after picture to Instagram or your roommate posting a mid-vacation shot to Facebook, selfies receive mixed reactions. But are selfies more than, as many critics lament, a symptom of a self-absorbed generation? Millennial Alicia Eler's The Selfie Generation is the first book to delve fully into this ubiquitous and much-maligned part of social media, including why people take them in the first place and the ways they can change how we see ourselves. Eler argues that selfies are just one facet of how we can use digital media to create a personal brand in the modern age. More than just a picture, they are an important part of how we live today. Eler examines all aspects of selfies, online social networks, and the generation that has grown up with them. She looks at how the boundaries between people’s physical and digital lives have blurred with social media; she explores questions of privacy, consent, ownership, and authenticity; and she points out important issues of sexism and double standards wherein women are encouraged to take them but then become subject to criticism and judgment. Alicia discusses the selfie as a paradox—both an image with potential for self-empowerment, yet also a symbol of complacency within surveillance culture The Selfie Generation explores just how much social media has changed the ways that people connect, communicate, and present themselves to the world.
Categories: Social Science

Exploring the Selfie

Exploring the Selfie

Given that the World of Warcraft S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera was introduced in early 2015, gamers were able to have their Blood Elf characters take selfies only after that time. At that time, the hashtag #belfie was already in use for pictures ...

Author: Julia Eckel

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319579498

Category: Social Science

Page: 392

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This volume explores the selfie not only as a specific photographic practice that is deeply rooted in digital culture, but also how it is understood in relation to other media of self-portrayal. Unlike the public debate about the dangers of 'selfie-narcissism', this anthology discusses what the practice of taking and sharing selfies can tell us about media culture today: can the selfie be critiqued as an image or rather as a social practice? What are the technological conditions of this form of vernacular photography? By gathering articles from the fields of media studies; art history; cultural studies; visual studies; philosophy; sociology and ethnography, this book provides a media archaeological perspective that highlights the relevance of the selfie as a stereotypical as well as creative practice of dealing with ourselves in relation to technology.
Categories: Social Science

Selfie Citizenship

Selfie Citizenship

world. This reinforces, rather than challenges, a popular view of the good global citizen who recognises and responds to injustice and tragedy around the world, with minimal critical thought and effort. The use of selfies allows ...

Author: Adi Kuntsman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319452708

Category: Social Science

Page: 172

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This collection reflects on the emerging phenomenon of ‘selfie citizenship’, which capitalises on individual visibility and agency, at the time when citizenship itself is increasingly governed through biometrics and large-scale dataisation. Today we are witnessing a global rise of politicised selfies: photographs of individuals with handwritten notes or banners, various selfie memes and hashtag actions, spread on social media in actions of protest or social mobilistion. Contributions in this collection range from discussions of citizen engagement, to political campaigning, to selfies as forms of citizen witnessing, to selfies without a face. The chapters cover uses of selfies by activists, tourists and politicians, victims and survivors, adults and children, in a broad range of geopolitical locations –China, Germany, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, the UK and the US. Written by an international and interdisciplinary group of authors, from senior professors to junior scholars, artists, graduate students and activist, the book is aimed at students, researchers, and media practitioners.
Categories: Social Science

Visual Culture Approaches to the Selfie

Visual Culture Approaches to the Selfie

We are aware that the world is not right. We are aware that many selfies, particularly those that involve little thought, serve to index something, or many things, about what continues to go wrong. We want to position ourselves ...

Author: Derek Conrad Murray

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429552397

Category: Art

Page: 236

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This collection explores the cultural fascination with social media forms of self-portraiture, "selfies," with a specific interest in online self-imaging strategies in a Western context. This book examines the selfie as a social and technological phenomenon but also engages with digital self-portraiture as representation: as work that is committed to rigorous object-based analysis. The scholars in this volume consider the topic of online self-portraiture—both its social function as a technology-driven form of visual communication, as well as its thematic, intellectual, historical, and aesthetic intersections with the history of art and visual culture. This book will be of interest to scholars of photography, art history, and media studies.
Categories: Art

Selfie Democracy

Selfie Democracy

Jim Holt , " AFP Photographer ' Sad ' to Make Obama Look Bad in ' Selfie ' Shot at Mandela Funeral , " Gateway Pundit ... Nicholas Mirzoeff , How to See the World : An Introduction to Images , from SelfPortraits to Selfies , Maps to ...

Author: Elizabeth Losh

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262370516

Category: Social Science

Page: 370

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How politicians’ digital strategies appeal to the same fantasies of digital connection, access, and participation peddled by Silicon Valley. Smartphones and other digital devices seem to give us a direct line to politicians. But is interacting with presidential tweets really a manifestation of digital democracy? In Selfie Democracy, Elizabeth Losh examines the unintended consequences of politicians’ digital strategies, from the Obama campaign’s pioneering construction of an online community to Trump’s Twitter dominance. She finds that politicians who use digital media appeal to the same fantasies of digital connection, access, and participation peddled by Silicon Valley. Meanwhile, smartphones and social media don’t enable participatory democracy so much as they incentivize citizens to perform attention-getting acts of political expression. Losh explores presidential rhetoric casting digital media as tools of democracy, describes the conflation of gender and technology that contributed to Hillary Clinton’s defeat in 2016, chronicles the Biden campaign’s early digital stumbles in 2020, and recounts the TikTok campaign that may have spoiled a Trump rally. She shows that although Obama and Trump may seem diametrically opposed in both style and substance, they both used mobile digital media in ways that reshaped the presidency and promised a new kind of digital democracy. Obama used data and digital media to connect to citizens without intermediaries; Trump followed this strategy to its most extreme conclusion. What were the January 6 insurrectionists doing, as they livestreamed themselves and their cohorts attacking the Capitol, but practicing their own brand of selfie democracy?
Categories: Social Science

From Skedaddle to Selfie

From Skedaddle to Selfie

In 2013 there emerged a word that managed to portray the essence of Millennials, evoking their world and their world view in just two syllables: selfie. Along with its lesser known antithesis, the unselfie, and other derivatives like ...

Author: Allan Metcalf

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190263461

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 232

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From baby boomers with 'groovy' and 'yuppie,' to Generation X with 'whatever' and 'like,' each generation inevitably comes to use certain words that are particular to its unique time in history. Those words not only tell us a great deal about the people in those generations, but highlight their differences with other generations. In this entertaining compilation, Allan Metcalf, author of OK: The Improbable Story of America's Greatest Word, shows that each generation--those born within the same roughly 20-year time period--can be identified and characterized by its key words. Metcalf tells the story of the history and usage of these words, starting with the American Revolution and ending with the post-Millennial Homeland generation. With special attention to the differences in vocabulary among today's generations--the sometimes awkward Millennials, the grunge music of Generation X, hippies among the Boomers, and bobbysoxers among the Silents--From Skeddadle to Selfie compiles dozens of words we thought we knew, and tells the unheard stories of each and how they accompanied its generation through its time.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Selfie Temporality and Contemporary Photography

The Selfie  Temporality  and Contemporary Photography

Selfie practice is built on this same capitalist habit of seeing time as product, even as selfie manifests as the always new mask. Each day's selfie asserts its necessity while quietly pushing last week's selfie into oblivion, ...

Author: Claire Raymond

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000379990

Category: Art

Page: 188

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This book is a theoretical examination of the relationship between the face, identity, photography, and temporality, focusing on the temporal episteme of selfie practice. Claire Raymond investigates how the selfie’s involvement with time and self emerges from capitalist ideologies of identity and time. The book leverages theories from Katharina Pistor, Jacques Lacan, Rögnvaldur Ingthorsson, and Hans Belting to explore the ways in which the selfie imposes a dominant ideology on subjectivity by manipulating the affect of time. The selfie is understood in contrast to the self-portrait. Artists discussed include James Tylor, Shelley Niro, Ellen Carey, Graham MacIndoe, and LaToya Ruby Frazier. The book will be of interest to scholars working in visual culture, history of photography, and critical theory. It will also appeal to scholars of philosophy and, in particular, of the intersection of aesthetic theory and theories of ontology, epistemology, and temporality.
Categories: Art

Spirituality in the Selfie Culture of Instagram

Spirituality in the Selfie Culture of Instagram

With the rise of smartphone use and the development of numerous social media platforms, taking a selfie has become regular practice for millions of people around the world. According to the Oxford Dictionaries, a selfie refers to “a ...

Author: Petra P. Sebek

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532673184

Category: Religion

Page: 106

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This explorative study of personal spiritual expressions on Instagram generated important data in relation to the emerging field of cyberspirituality and showed the need for further development and research. The book reveals several forms of spirituality present on Instagram, mainly belonging to secular spirituality. Many spiritual practices emerged in posts from all over the world, demonstrated through photography as spiritual practice. The Internet--and social media in particular--present an opportunity for individuals and communities to develop spiritual narrative when communicating online, especially with young people who are more likely to express themselves as "spiritual but not religious." Spiritual authenticity on social media, as a part of building spiritual capital, is an important step.
Categories: Religion