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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Chinese giant Meitu has almost literally transformed the face of China. The company sells a range of smartphones designed particularly to take flattering selfies. Meitu’s apps -- BeautyPlus and BeautyCam -- have more than a billion downloads. More than half the selfies uploaded on Chinese social media have been edited using Meitu’s apps. It has had an inevitable consequence: the more that people doctor their selfies, the more everyone ends up looking the same. A recently added filter called “personality” attempts to correct that!