Selfies - Understanding the Digital Self-Portrait - FILM 260

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A flipbook presentation for my FILM 260 course on the phenomenon of 'selfies', the digital self-portrait.

A flipbook presentation for my FILM 260 course on the phenomenon of 'selfies', the digital self-portrait.

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  • 1. A Flipbookpresentation byDamon Flatman -10065908mirrorexpressionvalidationself-portraitself-esteemstatusstatementgen-ylife-styleUnderstandingthe digitalself-portraitSelfies
  • 2. Selfies, as described on urban dictionary (urbandictionary.com) are:“A picture taken of yourself that is planned to be uploaded to Facebook, Myspace...”“A strange phenomenon in which the photographer is also the subject of thephotograph, in a subversive twist on the traditional understanding of the photograph.”Photo by: trentroche (Flickr)
  • 3. …but thepurpose of a‘selfie’ isPortraitsare notnew…Photo by: Michael Gwyther-Jones (Flickr)
  • 4. Like a portrait, selfies are astatement for someexternal audience……People use selfies tocommunicate theirlifestyles, fashion, sexuality,interests and identityPhoto by: I_am_Allan (Flickr)
  • 5. they are not just a statement for theoutside world, they are a call forattention as well.TheDifference:Photo by: Stuart Herbert (Flickr)
  • 6. Some believe:“Its much more a kind ofstatement about WhereIve been and what Imdoing, like holiday snaps.” –from ‘Selfies just as much for the insecure as show-offs’ by Jillian McHughPhoto (Above) by: Sam Teigen (Flickr)Photo (Above) by: Garry Knight (Flickr)Photo (Right) Sourcedfrom WikimediaCommons for reuse
  • 7. However, “expertsfrom CurtinUniversity say itsmore about seekingreassurance andmaking statementsabout ourselves.” –from “ Selfies just as much for the insecure as show-offs” by Jillian McHughPhoto by: Rasmus Andersson (Flickr)
  • 8. "Its peoplelooking for theirfriends to confirmthey look good.You want thatreassurance…Photo by: Lotus Carroll (Flickr)Photo by: bearlikemouse (Flickr)…we all wantpeople to saypositive thingsabout us.” –Jon Stratton
  • 9. Celebrities also take selfiesand share them on social media…Miley Cyrus on Twitter Kim Kardashian on Instagram
  • 10. … and their target audience is easily influencedPhoto by: Dimitris Papazimouris (Flickr)
  • 11. Selfies are part of some teen’s daily life“For teenagers, it’slike they have theirown personal realityshow.” – CharteredPsychologist Ros TaylorPhoto by: Damon Flatman
  • 12. “But if you are anxious allthe time to recordeverything, it’s life as aperformance. And howauthentic does that makeyou as a person?”– from Julie Hannah’s article in the DailyRecordPhoto by: Elian Chrebor (Flickr)
  • 13. ¼ would uploadselfies themselves⅔ of womenregard selfiespositivelyPhoto by: Spirit-Fire (Flickr)
  • 14. Because of digital ease, widespreadmobile access, powerful celebrity andpeer influence, high self-interest,focus on having a desirable physicalappearance and hip lifestyle, and agrowing need for assurance from others…Photo by: Dirk Dallas (Flickr)
  • 15. … Selfies have become normalizedon digital social mediumsPhoto by: Dirk Dallas (Flickr)
  • 16. But is it healthy if our socialidentity is the reflection of otherpeople’s perceptions, judgments andappraisals?Photo by: Trey Ratcliff (Flickr)
  • 17. Will sharing a selfie, evenif given positive feedback,really make someone feelassured of themselves?Photo by: tom_focus (Flickr)
  • 18. Or do selfies hurtself-esteem asthey support agrowing need forappraisal fromothers?Photo by: Steven Bratman (Flickr)
  • 19. Is gainingassurance atthe expense ofindependenceand individualityworth it?Photo by: Mikko Karvonen (Flickr)
  • 20. If sharing a selfie is often not just astatement for the external world,but actually sometimes a search forpositive attention for the internal …Photo by: Dyniss Rainer (Flickr)
  • 21. … it is important that we areconscious of what we aretrying to accomplish: some typeof communication or some typeof reaction from othersPhoto by: 55laney69 (Flickr)
  • 22. Thank YouPhoto by: Kaptain Kobold(Flickr)
  • 23. All images are either:- licensed under Creative Commons andsourced from Flickr- sourced from Wikimedia Commons,- taken by presenter
  • 24. References• The Social Psychology of the Selfie – By Christine Erickson –http://mashable.com/2013/02/15/social-media-and-the-selfie/• Selfies just as much for the insecure as show-offs – By Jillian McHugh –http://www.watoday.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/selfies-just-as-much-for-the-insecure-as-showoffs-20130403-2h6ow.html• Is posting selfies a way of portraying how were seen on social media sitesor is it a way to boost confidence? – By Julie Hannah –http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/fashion-beauty/posting-selfies-way-portraying-how-1797312• The rise and rise of the selfie‘ – By Bim Adewunmi –http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2013/apr/02/rise-and-rise-of-the-selfie• #Me: Instagram Narcissism And The Scourge Of The Selfie – By John PaulTitlow – http://readwrite.com/2013/01/31/instagram-selfies-narcissism• What Your Selfie Says About You – By Owen Thomas –http://www.businessinsider.com/what-it-means-when-we-take-selfie-photos-2013-2?op=1• Me, myself, and my selfie – By Caroline Leal –http://www.worldmag.com/2013/04/me_myself_and_my_selfie
  • 25. Image URLs• 2nd slide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/trentroche/6321322858/• 3rd slide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12587661@N06/8625096284/• 4th slide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/misteral/6595349165/• 5th slide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuartherbert/3456255833/• 6th slide: – http://www.flickr.com/photos/917press/2202298294/– http://www.flickr.com/photos/garryknight/6790721653/– http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Self-portrait_photograph_mirror.jpg• 7th slide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rsms/2437514924/• 8th slide: – http://www.flickr.com/photos/thelotuscarroll/8069105909/– http://www.flickr.com/photos/bearlikemouse/8402021829/• 9th slide: – http://https://twitter.com/MileyCyrus– http://instagram.com/p/ZTRC61uS7l/• 10th slide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/papazimouris/3006104217/• 11th slide: Taken by presenter, URL n/a• 12th slide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/elianc/8209755162/• 13th slide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/spirit-fire/6426757753/• 14th slide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dirkdallas/8389009726/• 15th slide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dirkdallas/8285608555/in/photostream/• 16th slide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/8133648509/• 17th slide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tom_focus/5718548661/• 18th slide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/darkdenver/5689101068/• 19th slide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hiljainenmies/3247141183/• 20th slide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dyniss/8117589452/• 21st slide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hansel5569/8343077492/• 22nd slide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaptainkobold/6074794558/