A Sideways Glare at Contemporary Society
Although not all of us are addicted to taking endless self portraits, the Selfie is as common in our society as the codpiece once was in the Elizabethan world. It’s our public face in Cyberspace. It tells the world what we think of ourselves. We do it to denote major events in our lives, trivial occurrences and pure boredom. It’s the one thing we can say when we have nothing to say. However, the selfie also offers some serious insights into our contemporary culture.
One — The selfie is documented proof that there’s a ton of people on this planet who actually believe they’re creative, imaginative and witty. Unfortunately, the selfie is a doubled-edged sword — it also proves they’re not. Perhaps the Duckface, the Rocker Devil Horns or the Gangsta Thug Crotch were brilliant and unique the first 50 million times they were done, but since then? Not so much. Likewise, nobody’s fooled by Photoshopped boobs anymore and half-naked photos in the toilet mirror aren’t actually sexy. Think about it — it’s where you go to poop! Oh, and BTW, holding up or kicking down the Leaning Tower of Pisa has been done to death. For God’s sake! Give it a rest!
Two — Like the Elizabethan codpiece, selfies are an In-Your-Face demonstration of just how bloated our egos have become. Our Shakespearean ancestors thought strapping on an enormous strap-on was telling the world they were cool, trending, popular and sexy. The contemporary selfie works the same way. Yes, it’s impossible to ignore, but there’s nothing particularly appealing about it, either. There isn’t a whole lot of difference between a 16th century dandy striding around wearing the latest in See-My-Dick fashions and a 21st century millennial posting endless “See me, Seeee Meee, SEE ME!” photos of themselves at the bakery, waiting for a bus or eating a hot dog. In fact, it takes exactly the same amount of over-inflated ego to think anybody even cares. Look, there are seven billion people in this world, and the only reason the vast majority of them even look at selfies anymore is to find the hilarious ones.
Three — The selfie, by its very name, indicates you have no friends — or at least no friends who like you enough to take your photograph. How’s that for an ego killer?