When it comes to selfies, public opinion is starkly divided. The pro-selfie camp heralds them as a way for people to feel good about themselves and exude confidence. But then there are those that absolutely loathe selfie culture – squarely classifying this behavior as obnoxious and self-absorbed. But selfie mania seems to be winning – and given that we live in an era where being obnoxious and self-absorbed is celebrated – is it really that surprising? The ubiquity of the Kardashians is a clear illustration of what popular culture has become, and what Americans are choosing to embrace. Kim Kardashian recently went on a book tour to promote Selfish – a collection of her own selfies, lauded by some (her own PR people?) as “art”. In fact, she frequently hashtags her self-portraits on social media with #SELFISH….as if that’s a good thing.
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