So what a bunch of narcissistic, pathetic, no life having morons these kids are today eh? Or so certain online newspaper comment boards would have you think. With the Queen of the selfie Kim Kardashian at the helm, people (and not just kids) have been snapping the minutiae of their lives now for a few years. Their breakfast, their clothing…or lack of(!), themselves in bed chilling with their partners… They even snap themselves in front of tragic events such as the fatal coffee house hostage taking in Australia. Or when a man in the US was attacked and left lying in the street, early morning commuters thoughtfully took selfies of him lying there but felt that this didn’t leave enough time to call for help for him, so continued on their various merry journeys to work. Imagine the old story of the The Good Samaritan, but with camera phones!
Ms Kardashian even brought out her own book of selfies called ‘Selfish’ which either bombed or was entirely successful depending on who you talk to. 32,000 sales is small fry for her but big fry for some, considering that she is selling images or similar images that are pretty much available everywhere anyway.
Recently a report came out illustrating how many youngster’s self esteem levels are totally hooked on the validation they get from their selfie comments and how their whole sense of worth can be shattered without that thumbs up from their followers on a daily basis.
But folks disparaging the selfie taking craze in one deft put down fail to take into account the amount of people also earning a comfortable living via taking these selflies. The much mocked Instagram ‘models’ take pics because often they are supplemented by big brands willing to pay for them to do so. Quite simply it pays the rent. If you are one of our Blogging Caucus members we introduced you to one these girls in our last report and told you how it all works.
In their haste to condemn anything modern that they can’t get to grips with, the (usually older) naysayers fail to see how they are starting to sound like their own parents sounded 50 years ago.
They lump every selfie friendly social network out there into one ball of dysfunction and condemn the lot whilst proudly saying that it is because they ‘have a life’ they wouldn’t dream of using these platforms, despite their usage of another social platform to inform the world of their presumed valuable opinion. Surely both platforms merely cater for forms of expression? One is left unsure of what is worse at this point, pride in being both obstinately ignorant and arrogant about new technology or the increasingly (mostly) youthful unattractive narcissism.
SO WHAT SAY YOU?
1. What a bunch of narcissistic, pathetic, no life having morons these kids are today eh?
2. Nothing wrong with taking (endless) selfies, who is it hurting?
3. I am concerned about my children buying into this look-at-me, me, me madness.