When PETA and David Slater reached the settlement over the famous “monkey selfie case,” we thought it was finally over. Well, it appears that it wasn’t. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has refused the request to dismiss the case. In other words, we’ll soon hear an official appellate decision about the famous selfie.
While some museums are banning selfies, there is now a museum that does exactly the opposite. The Museum of Selfies is a real thing and opened recently in Los Angeles. As the museum’s website reads, this isn’t just a museum of selfies, but a museum about them. So, what is there to know about selfies, anyway?
The Museum of Selfies is a pop-up museum described as “an interactive museum that explores the history and cultural phenomenon of the selfie.” In this context, the selfie is explained as “an image of oneself taken by oneself.” And as the description reads, is roots date back 40,000 years.
Visitors to the museum can explore the origin and history of the selfie through art, history, technology, and culture. If you decide to pay a visit, you’ll see works of some selfie artists, the world’s longest selfie stick, and a throne made of selfie sticks. Of course, you can also take some selfies in the process while enjoying the museum’s interactive installations. The Museum of Selfies promises that you’ll see “the unseen depths and history” of selfies and that you’ll never see them the same way again.
For anyone asking: “Do selfies really deserve a museum?” this is the response on the museum’s website:
Over a million selfies are uploaded to social media every day. Whether you think they’re the most amazing thing ever or the low point of human culture, selfies have a firmly-cemented place in our modern society, but also have roots going back to the most ancient and primal aspects of our species. That seems worthy of a museum, no?
In my opinion, it is worthy of a museum, no matter how much I personally don’t like selfies. First of all, they are now rooted deeply in our culture, so they should probably have a museum dedicated to them. Also, I think that museums like this are unusual and fun. I do like museums with artwork or historic artifacts, but I also enjoy the fun and unusual ones (such as Museum of Illusions). Even though I don’t like selfies, I’d love to see what a museum dedicated to them looks like and what it offers. I think it could be fun. What do you think?
A young woman from India recently had a close encounter with a tiger, which she succeeded in fighting off with a stick. The story is impressive as it is, but what’s even more impressive is what she did right after the fight. With her face covered in blood, she took out her phone and–no, she didn’t call a doctor–she took a selfie.
The selfie has been a subject of many studies, and it’s often connected with a negative outcome. A recent paper shows another disturbing trend: people don’t like how they look in selfies, which makes them turn to plastic surgery.
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (AAFPRS) has revealed in a recent poll the increasing trend of having nose jobs for the sake of better selfies. In 2017, plastic surgeons reported that 55% of their patients wanted surgeries to help them look better in selfies. For comparison, the number of such patients was 13% in 2016.
People’s need to document everything with a selfie is so common that we’ve gotten used to it. But, sometimes it still manages to be surprising, bizarre and inappropriate. Graduate dental school students and a University of Connecticut orthodontics professor recently took a selfie just like this. It shows them with two severed heads used for medical research at Yale University.
The selfie is a social phenomenon that probably won’t go away anytime soon. While many of us will recall the days before the Internet, and without selfies plastered over social media, was there ever a time without a selfie? The BuzzFeed crew decided to research it, and they shared their findings in this humorous video.
Okay, I think the selfie-craze has gone too far. The doctors at Clinical Center in Niš, Serbia have recently shocked the public with a set of selfies taken in the middle of a surgery. They proudly posted the photos on their Instagram accounts and caused a massive public outrage on social networks.
At CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Sony has unveiled a new smartphone, and photographers might be interested in it. Xperia XA2 features a 23 MP Exmor RS sensor in its rear camera. The front side isn’t all that bad either. It features two cameras, one of 16MP and the other of 8MP, with a 120° field of view.
This looks like a pretty interesting little camera, although I have to say, given its shape, I’m a little disappointed it’s not 360°. It’s being funded through Kickstarter, and has already smashed way past its $50,000 goal, currently sitting at almost $300K with 29 days still to go.
The PITTA is spherical in design but comes apart into two pieces to attach “modules”. The action camera module contains 1/4-20″ socket for mounting to tripods, selfie sticks and gimbals. The drone module contains four propellers to send it up into the air. The charging cradle acts as the third module allowing to use it as a security camera in your home.
A few years ago, there was a story saying that taking too many selfies means you have a mental disorder named “selfitis”. It turned out to be a hoax, but now it’s actually confirmed – obsessive selfie-taking is a mental disorder and an addictive behavior. The fake news inspired psychologist to actually research the phenomenon, and they came to some interesting conclusions related to excessive selfie-taking.