The Corner

Selfie-Shaming

“Selfie” is the official Oxford Dictionaries word of the year for 2013. And while I’ve taken (and probably will take) selfies, I think the current prevalence of them is troubling:

We’re all pop stars and presidents now. We may not be worried about preserving our glamour to ensure selling enough tickets or to get favorable mentions in the history books, but we are intent on keeping up with the number of Facebook friends and Instagram likes and Twitter followers the Joneses have, and photo curation is a key component of depicting ourselves as leading enviable, fabulous lives.

Self-portraits aren’t. Near-universally flattering self-portraits are. But I have yet to see a selfie — even a humorous one — where the subject didn’t appear attractive. They can exist (see deleted photos from iPhones), but no one’s sharing them. We’re not trying to present who we really are, warts and all, with selfies. We’re presenting who we want to be seen as. Like pop stars and presidents, we’re salesmen — of ourselves.

Read my piece here

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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