Peace to the Selfies / Hyperallergic

Seated woman holding a mirror (c. 470-460 BCE) National Archaeological Museum in Athens (image via Wikipedia)

Seated woman holding a mirror (c. 470-460 BCE) National Archaeological Museum in Athens (image via Wikipedia)

CHICAGO — It’s been a minute since I checked the selfies [at] hyperallergic.com email account. I was avoiding your selfies after a brief hiatus spent understanding selfie discomfort and the public gaze. I’ve since come back around to my selfie-love and this ongoing fascination with self-portraiture. In this moment of the contemporary selfie aesthetic, anyone with access to a smartphone can take a photo of their face and share it with their world.

There are a few things that selfies are not, and it’s important to acknowledge those as well. Selfies are not reflections in a social networked house of mirrors as in The Lady from Shanghaiwhere the femme fatale falls by the fate of her own gun. I also reject the simplistic assumption that selfies are internet narcissism. In this series, I consider the ways that selfies shape our social networked identities. We have to trust our selfies. This week’s selection of images implores us to do just that.

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