Mr. Selfie

Over the last year I have pretty much shut down my interaction with Facebook, slowed the number of postings to Instagram, and Twitter, and I am trying to wean myself off of social media. (yes I am aware that each of these posts shares to Twitter, which shares to Facebook, Tumblr and LinkedIn) Call it a backlash to the overshare world we now live in.  One thing I rarely do, is take selfies. I actually hate them. Not just mine, but any selfie. The whole narcissistic idea of them just puts me off, especially when there is so much more interesting stuff to look at besides a picture of yourself making a pouty face. That brings me to the video below from , a fun little send up to our smartphone obsessed world set to a bouncy electronica soundtrack. I think it sums things up quite well.

“Something we have all no doubt noticed is the increasing fixation with what is going on our smartphones – if it’s not ourselves, then we regularly see other people walking down the street pre-occupied with their phones, we see buses and trains full of commuters fixated on their little screens desperate for some information fix and it’s not uncommon to see friends in restaurants interacting with their phones rather than each other – all missing what is going on around them and reducing their quality of life as a result.

This short animation is a playful tale of this modern phenomenon…”


“Aspirational”, Matthew Frost on Selfie Culture.

Kirsten Dunst is the star of a new online film by Iconoclast’s Matthew Frost for fashion magazine Vs. In the film Frost takes direct aim at the narcissistic selfie culture that has exploded with social media and the smartphone generation. In the film Dunst is waiting outside of her home for a ride when a car with two young women stops and ask if she is who they think she is. Without asking her permission, they hop out and start shooting selfies of themselves with Dunst while muttering “cool” in the background repeatedly. In spite of it all Dunst remains friendly and even asks if they want to talk or ask her anything, but their primary interested is being tagged by Dunst on social media to gain random followers and likes. Through out the entire clip Dunst’s expressions are spot on, and the script nails the experience so well. At the end listen to the movies they name and see if you can spot the ones that Dunst was not in.