MILLINOCKET, Maine, April 20, 2014 — The proliferation of selfies in world culture and social media underscores humanity’s obsession with itself. Making an arm’s length snapshot of yourself is the new international sport.
Even Barack Obama and Joe Biden do it.
With inexpensive, easy to use digital cameras, and smart phones, everyone can be a photographer or videographer. If you can’t find some interesting action to capture, then just feature yourself and post it to Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter.
There are times however, when taking a selfie might not be a good idea. Bryant University in Rhode Island has a graduating class coming up in May. Ronald Machtley, Bryant’s President is asking students not to take selfies while receiving their diplomas. The ceremony is long enough already.
Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince George have been touring Australia recently, and they have with good nature posed for many of their fans that take selfies with them.
Of course there can be a dark side to selfies; Anthony “Carlos Danger” Wiener comes to mind. And then there are the bathroom mirror selfies. But mostly people are just having fun and there’s no harm in it, and the trend will not likely go away.
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