Selfie Rage

Dylan Thomas with Smart Phone

Dylan Thomas with Smart Phone

After posting my previous blog entry (6 Tips for Taking the Perfect Selfie) I was inundated by friends expressing their Selfie Rage via private email or text message.

“Thanks for ruining my morning,” writes one friend.

“I hesitate to post a public response to your Selfie blog because I am severely triggered by it,” writes another. “People are so annoying, puckering and flexing. Now I am angry. I think I will get drunk.”

Yet another writes, “I have a friend who looks poised, posed and perfect in every Selfie, then posts it publicly on Facebook, making me cringe.  Do I cringe because I cannot look as pretty in a photo or is it all the fun she is supposedly having? Is it because everyone else takes so many fucking Selfies…? WTF?”

For those of you perturbed by your emotional knee-jerk reaction, or should I say flood of searing fury, consider these bastardized words of Dylan Thomas:

Do not the Selfie try to fight,

Its phonyness is Facebook’s way.

Rage, rage against the dying of your plight.

 

Though wise you are and ever right,

Puckered Selfie lips have naught to say.

Do not the Selfie try to fight.

 

My dear, alas, you cry for spite

Of inane deeds, made public, that go not away,

Rage, rage against the dying of your plight.

 

Weaker souls than yours in social media delight,

And will never learn they have lost their way,

Do not the Selfie try to fight.

 

Grave men, and women, who see with blinding sight

The stupidity of others, to you I say nay,

Rage, rage against the dying of your plight.

 

And you, my friend, there on that sad height,

Waste not your condemnation, I pray.

Do not the Selfie try to fight.

Rage, rage against the dying of your plight.

4 thoughts on “Selfie Rage

  1. Heather Brown

    I so identify with your dear friends who responded in this way. I had a similar reaction. They are very intelligent, superior beings and I would love to get together for dinner with you, Jessy, and them very soon so we can all selfie rage.

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  2. Meredith

    Are the self-taken photos that are not for public viewing considered selfies? I was totally into those in my twenties.

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    1. Mischa Post author

      My guess is no. I think that to be a true Selfie, it must be taken with an extended reach, on a phone with a crummy lens. Setting up the camera on a timer and rushing into place before it goes off doesn’t allow for that in-the-moment banality of the contemporary Selfie. There is no shame in taking pictures of oneself, though, but please keep them private. :-)

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      1. Meredith

        Oh believe me, they were taken with an extended reach with a crummy cell phone lens. They were just usually of my backside or with soft morning bed head. *not for public consumption* 😉

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