The selfie gene: Putting on our best face
There is an ongoing debate whether selfies represent a low point of modern-day culture or not. Jerry Saltz, the Pulitzer-winning art critic disagrees. He says, ‘selfies are our little diaries that say ‘I’m here, look at me’’. Whether one agrees or not seems irrelevant in the face of a statistic that’s worth obsessing about: Over one million selfies are posted on social media everyday. These images are proof that ease-of-use has quickened the narcissistic impulse in us. The recent - and ironic - response to this phenomenon is a pop-up museum in Los Angeles
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LONG LIVE SELFIE
The pursuit of a perfect selfie can turn deadly. India accounts for maximum number of selfie deaths globally, most of it near water or train tracks. It is such a serious issue that Mumbai police have designated fifteen spots, mostly near beaches and forts, as 'no-selfie' zones. Following another worrying trend, wildlife officials in Odisha have also raised an alarm: people in rural Odisha killed by wild elephants when they get too close in an attempt to take selfies with them!