In Which I Confess to Being Puzzled

So apparently one of the things people whose cell phones have cameras in them do is take pictures of themselves. Which utterly fails to surprise me, because it strikes me that, given the ability to do so, it’s a very human thing to do. And they refer to these cell phone self-portraits as “selfies,” which again fails to surprise me, because a new phenomenon (or a new variation on an old phenomenon) needs a word to call it by, and word-making is another very human thing to do.

But apparently all sorts of other people have been getting all sorts of put out by the practice, or by the word for the practice, or both. And I’m perplexed as to why on earth it bothers them so much — surely it can’t be because a lot of the producers of selfies are young and a lot of them are female? Or is it because now the ability to produce a self-portrait is available to anyone with a cell phone camera, instead of being limited to the likes of Albrecht Dürer or Vincent Van Gogh?

Really, sometimes the things other people choose to view with alarm confuses me.

One thought on “In Which I Confess to Being Puzzled

  1. Each time your image is replicated, a little piece of your psyche is torn away.

    When the replication was in paint it took hours or days, so your psyche had a chance to recover. Then photography came in, which caused many more wounds but was still limited in occurrence. But by giving everyone cameras and encouraging them to take pictures our psyches are being constantly weakened and have to chance to discover.

    Selfies are the reason western civilisation is collapsing!

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