Revealing the Group Selfie / Hyperallergic

Still from Taylor Swift’s music video “22.” This is not a group selfie BTW (screengrab via YouTube)

Still from Taylor Swift’s music video “22.” This is not a group selfie BTW (screengrab via YouTube)

CHICAGO — Selfies are no more a singular activity than any other type of digital vernacular photograph. The couple selfie and the group selfie are integral to selfie satisfaction for today’s socially networked individual. They may also include incarnations of multiples such as the coincidental twin selfie, the fake couple selfie, the sorority selfie, and the self-multiplied group selfie (of one). What the group selfie is not, however, is group shots from Taylor Swift’s video 22; that’s a manufactured celebratory group portrait moment of post-adolescence.

But no matter the pop-infused post-adolescence moment of Swift’s lyrics, you’ve got to admit that group selfies of all kinds make you feel a bit like 22 even if you’re not. Following the lyrics of this wonderful pop song (potential Taylor haters, check out@feministtaylorswift), the group selfie makes one feel “happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time.” I don’t know about you …

Read the full story on Hyperallergic: http://hyperallergic.com/84513/revealing-the-group-selfie/