You’re strolling along a ridge at the ocean during a beautiful spring day, the wind is blowing softly in your hair. The setting would make such a beautiful picture, you tell yourself. But since you’re walking alone and no one is around to capture your radiance, out comes your phone and the camera app is activated. You toggle the camera so it’s front facing, click, you’re taking a selfie. You look at the photo and see that you’re squinting, so click, click, click. Glasses on or off? Left or right side? Sultry, pondering, laughing?
With everyone having a camera at their disposal, selfies have gathered popularity, so much so that this week the Oxford Dictionaries made “selfie” the word of the year. According to their website, the first mention of the word was in 2002, in an Australian internet forum:
“Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer [sic] and landed lip first (with front teethcoming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.”
At last weeks Oscar’s Governor Awards show, Tom Hanks took a selfie with honoree Steve Martin.
The Pope, although not actually posting a selfie, nevertheless posed in one. Michelle Obama had a fun post with her dog.
The Kardashian klan post endless photos of themselves; in front of mirrors, driving, in bathing suits, on roller coasters, in see-through clothing, etc. etc. etc. Enough already. And don’t get me started on Anthony Weiner and his sexting selfies. Ewww.