Rebelling: Ugly Selfies

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    Feb 24, 2014 4:57 PM GMT
    “Selfie” was the Oxford Dictionary’s 2013 word of the year; Justin Bieber and James Franco are masters of the form. There are selfies sent from space and from under water, and 91 percent of teenagers regularly share them, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center.

    “We’ve created this culture where you’re constantly comparing yourself to other people, or images you see in the media or in the movies,” said 15-year-old Harper Glantz of Pittsfield, Mass. “I think that’s sort of where the pressure comes from, because you’re always having to measure up to something that’s not of your own invention.”

    “I think we’re collectively rebounding from perfection fatigue,” said Pamela Grossman, the director of visual trends at Getty Images. “Everyone knows what Photoshop is now. Everyone’s seen the wizard behind the curtain in advertising, in Hollywood. We know how the machine works. And so we’re gravitating toward people, images and experiences that we deem to be authentic, unvarnished and real.”

    The ugly selfie, then, is a kind of playful slice of authenticity in an age where everything seems airbrushed to perfection. (The joke, explained Ruby, is that “the better the friend, the uglier the selfie.”)

    I am beginning to see ugly selfies on RJ as rebelling against standard of male beauty. To wit, selfies with tongues sticking out. What do you think?
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    Feb 24, 2014 5:04 PM GMT
    My bf took my current profile pic, and I was surprised when I saw it. Selfies make me look skinnier.
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    Feb 24, 2014 5:06 PM GMT
    I don't think i look ugly in none of my photos. Except for the ones that i take but mostly will delete because i feel that it isn't my best photo. I did take this one selfie where i am doing the duckface but never used it because i didn't put enough confidence into it
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    Feb 24, 2014 5:13 PM GMT
    I think it's pretty awesome we live in a day that we can do something like this...can you imagine all the money you would have wasted on film trying to get a selfie with 35mm camera? or poloroids? only to dislike all of them?

    this is photography in general, for me. not just selfies. i love being able to take 100s of pictures on my camera (and now cell phone) and be able to toss out the ones I don't like....unlike "old" 35mm cameras, you're limited to what, 40 pictures on a roll of film?

    it almost seems archaic to me now.