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AAPAE 2018 Dayo Sowunmi II - Beyond The Selfie Paradox Sep2018

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The selfie paradox was introduced in a 2017 study by Diefenback and Christoforakos. This paradox addresses how people seem to dislike other people’s selfie photos, yet several people seem to take selfies. The research identified that selfies are associated with narcissism and non-authenticity.

The proliferation of social media continues to redefine norms and values, while threatening the ethical baseline. To what extent has a self-obsessed, narcissistic, ‘selfie’ way of life saturated and subverted the highest levels of ethical leadership and governance?

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AAPAE 2018 Dayo Sowunmi II - Beyond The Selfie Paradox Sep2018

  1. 1. 25th Annual AAPAE Conference: Ethics in a Crowded World Dayo Sowunmi II 7 September 2018 Beyond The Selfie Paradox: Does Social Media Define Our New Ethical Baseline?
  2. 2. Introduction 2
  3. 3. Overview 1 Population Growth, Trends & Projections 2 Re-defining Norms, Values & Ethical Baseline 3 Selfies, Narcissism & Non-Authenticity 4 How To Maintain Healthy Ethical Baseline? 5 Q & A 3
  4. 4. Global Population Trends 4 37 25 55 51 URBAN POPULATION (%) POPULATION (PER SQ KM) 1970 2018
  5. 5. Population Density & Projection 5 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 0 B 2 B 4 B 6 B 8 B 10 B 1970 1985 2000 2015 2018 2030 Population Density (P/Km²)
  6. 6. Urban Population & Projection 6 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 0 B 2 B 4 B 6 B 8 B 10 B 1970 1985 2000 2015 2018 2030 Population Urban Pop. %
  7. 7. Re-defining Norms, Values & Ethical Baseline 7 • Selfie paradox * • Selfies, Narcissism & Non-Authenticity • When “selfie-ism” meets leadership & governance • Measuring one’s ethical baseline * Diefenback & Christoforakos (2017) The Selfie Paradox
  8. 8. Ethical Baseline Model 8 © Dayo Sowunmi 2018 Extreme IMPACT R R R R R High A R R R R Medium A A A R R Low G A A A R Negligible G G A A A IMPACT/FRAME OF REFERENCE Individual Family Community National Global Yes Maybe No
  9. 9. Ethical Baseline (Narcissist) 9 Extreme IMPACT G g g a r High G g g g a Medium G g g g g Low G g g g g Negligible G G g g g IMPACT/FRAME OF REFERENCE Individual Family Community National Global Yes No © Dayo Sowunmi 2018
  10. 10. The First ‘Selfie’? 10 Narcissus by Caravaggio (1590s)
  11. 11. Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism 11 1. Shamelessness (inability to process healthily) 2. Magical thinking (“I am perfect”) 3. Arrogance (leading to debasing others) 4. Envy (false sense of superiority) 5. Entitlement (“I am special”) 6. Exploitation (disregard for others’ feelings) 7. Bad boundaries (“people there to serve me”) Hotchkiss, Sandy & Masterson, James F. Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism (2003)
  12. 12. Top 5 Global Risks 12 In Terms of Likelihood AND Impact 1. Extreme weather events 2. Natural disasters 3. Large-scale involuntary migration 4. Terrorist attacks 5. Interstate conflict ..Source: World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2017
  13. 13. Maintaining Healthy Ethical Baseline 13 “The illusion of choice…”
  14. 14. 14 Why are we doing things the way we do now? Maintaining Healthy Ethical Baseline
  15. 15. How To Maintain Healthy Ethical Baseline? 15 • Interested citizens must meet qualification criteria to be selected • Lottery system to select (not elect) officials • Underlying theme: need more equitable solution to current method of electing people who govern our countries.
  16. 16. Wrap Up 16 “The illusion of choice…”
  17. 17. Circling Back… 17 Next time someone uses social media to get under our skin, we’ll remember those hedgehogs and take a moment to review our ethical baseline, before we respond (or choose not to respond)
  18. 18. Questions? dayo@anode.com.au @dayomedia

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