The Selfie, the Defining Cultural Artifact of Our Time
The selfie is perhaps the defining cultural artifact of our time. Me and the Mona Lisa, Me and the Pyramids, Me and the Colosseum, with the emphasis on the Me, of course; at least COVID-19 has put paid to all that for a time, as well as to little Greta’s public harangues, which somehow manage to combine the qualities of the zombie and the hysteric. Alas, it could all come back.
Sometimes one reads about the taker of a selfie who has died as a result of a fall down a precipice because he was trying to get a better picture of himself. I know that in theory accidental death is something tragic and much to be lamented, but I would not be telling the truth if I were to deny that I did not experience a frisson of pleasure on reading of such a death, that is to say of a martyrdom to egotism.
Oddly enough, the best commentary on selfies I ever saw was a cartoon in the English-language newspaper of Bahrain. A young man was taking a selfie beside the corpse in an open coffin just before the funeral. If it were not
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