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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FIRST SPACE SELFIE (Nov 1966)
NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin takes a selfie while doing an EVA (extravehicular activity) during the Gemini 12 mission in 1966. Before taking the shot, Aldrin lifted his helmet visor, so that his face, smiling, could be seen. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the mission in 2016, the image debuted on 'First Selfie in Space' t-shirts, the proceeds going to ShareSpace foundation dedicated to educational programs for children.