Mid-Term Proposal on #Selfie

The selfie or photograph in which, the photographer is also the subject of the photo has hit a stride thanks to social networking. Facebook, Instagram and the less relevant now, MySpace have given legs to this phenomenon is ways popular culture has yet to acclimate itself to. Brands are being built, celebrities are being brought into the palm of our hands and vanity might be at it’s all time high but that is the culture we are creating and the culture the people demand: more celebrity selflies; with cute kittens and puppies, topless, backstage, washing their car, food shopping, and countless other mundane activities.

In an editorial by James Franco he summed up the everyday selfie well, “Now, while the celebrity selfie is most powerful as a pseudo-personal moment, the noncelebrity selfie is a chance for subjects to glam it up, to show off a special side of themselves — dressing up for a special occasion, or not dressing, which is a kind of preening that says, ‘There is something important about me that clothes hide, and I don’t want to hide.'”


For the final I’m creating a video, a hybrid of these:


Works Cited:

Sturken, Marita and Cartwright, Lisa. Practices of Looking. (USA: Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 2009.) Print

Franco, James. “The Meanings of the Selfie.”  New York Times, Dec. 26th, 2013. Online

Young, Marketer. “The Power of a Selfie.” Musings of a Young Marketer. March 4th, 2014. Online.


Matthew Cole

Professor Goncalves

Imagery and Culture


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s