Wednesday, February 26, 2014

#Selfie

Selfie was the word of the year 2013 in Oxford Dictionary. Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably know it already. And those of you who are wondering why I am bringing it up now, hold your horses... this ain't news. But that does not mean I can't talk about it. No?

So where were we? Ah yes, the Selfie in Oxford Dictionary. Its very inclusion means that the boundaries of the puritan language and urban slang have blurred further! While I think English needs to adapt to survive, this post is not about that... :)

Highway Selfie
Highway Selfie
Agreed that smart phones and digital cameras and enabled us in more ways than I can count, Social Networks have made us all international villagers and sprouted tonnes of opportunities... and yet, the rise of selfies' popularity is slightly disturbing. Selfies are often unflattering (I can tell this from experience) A slightly incorrect angle will leave you with a bulbous nose, enlarged eyes, disproportionate face and make you end up looking like an anime. Not in a good way. It takes a lot of time, practice and adjustment. It would be much much easier to hand someone else the camera and have them take a shot!

Unless you are in a lonely lonely place like solitary camping or shipwrecked, chances are there would be people around you. Can you not hand over the camera to them and ask them to take a picture? The results are generally better! I have asked random people on the street to take pictures of my at times. To be honest, that was also before selfies were cool and #selfie was the 20th most popular hashtag on instagram with more than 20 million uses! And I know that I would still go that route...

Why do I take selfies then? Well, its mostly a challenge. I am not photogenic and to take a selfie that is flattering is tough. I enjoy the challenge and that is the reason my phone will have a series of unflattering pics and one halfway decent which goes on social media saying "yayy! I managed a selfie!"

Certian celebs like Gul Panag have gone a step beyond. She regularly takes selfies in an elevator and tags them as #elfie . Reminds me more of a little creature with elongated ears than a miss India in her designer threads though!

Elfie
Elfie
Source: http://class5t.edublogs.org/christmas-elf-challenge
If you are few of those who love snapping themselves, let me tell you this is not new. The source of Global GK aka Wikipedia tells me that the first Selfie can be traced as far back as 1839! Check it out below.

Robert Cornelius Selfie
The first known selfie, taken by Robert Cornelius in 1839
Source: 
en.wikipedia.org

I wonder if he knew he is starting a trend that will gain popularity 174 years later!! Finally, if you ladies want to know how to take a flattering Selfie, head over to YouTube and check out Michelle Phan's Selfie Video. It is good :)