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The beginning of the end of intelligent civilization
Future sociologists use the selfie as an artifact for the end of times
by Future Sociologist November 27, 2013
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A symptom of the current narcissistic epidemic whereby the subject takes a filtered, highly polished (often completely over-exposed) photograph of themselves and uploads it to instagram, facebook or some other social media outlet. Its often motivated by a need for adulation, attention or validation from ones "followers" or "friends" and is sometimes accompanied with some self-deprecating comment about how "shit" they look.
Girl - "Jeez, I've hundreds of friends on facebook, instagram and MySpace. Gonna have to do a clean out"

Guy - "Yeah? Strange that each and every Selfie churned out by yourself couldn't have been taken by one of your many adoring friends.
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A picture taken of yourself that is planned to be uploaded to Facebook, Myspace or any other sort of social networking website. You can usually see the person's arm holding out the camera in which case you can clearly tell that this person does not have any friends to take pictures of them so they resort to Myspace to find internet friends and post pictures of themselves, taken by themselves. A selfie is usually accompanied by a kissy face or the individual looking in a direction that is not towards the camera.
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"Why were you in the bathroom for so long?"
"Ah, I was just doing a selfie."
"Yuck!"
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Girl: Taking pics in bathroom mirror. Sends it to guy
Guy: Gets pic of girl in "selfie"..oh brother
Girl: :
Guy: Stop sending me selfies!
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A strange phenomenon in which the photographer is also the subject of the photograph, in a subversive twist on the traditional understanding of the photograph. Usually conducted because the subject cannot locate a suitable photographer to take the photo, like a friend.
Hugh-man 1: Charles, my prince! I see you took a selfie last night! I found this out on the book of faces, on the interwebz. Ghastly stuff, those selfies!

Hugh-man 2: Leave Charles alone! If he doesn't want to have friends, that is his prerogative!

Charles mumbles inaudibly as they gag him and put him in the back of a van.
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Selfies are a style of photography wherein

1) the photographer's own face is included in the photograph,

2) and the camera is held by the photographer when the photo is taken.

Other optional elements are often associated with selfies. Use of a mirror is common, especially mirrors found in dirty, unphotogenic bathrooms. Bathrooms are a popular location for selfies since so many believe that the worse everything around them looks in the photo, the better they will appear by comparison.

Immediate upload of the photo to social media is also optional, but generally not recommended. By reviewing the photo on a large computer monitor one has a better chance to find and remove unintended, possibly embarrassing elements from the photo before others see it. Upload of the photo after reviewing it on a large screen is also not recommended, since most selfies suck anyway and are rarely actually worth sharing.

Having selfies be poor quality for other reasons (such as being out of focus or having motion blur due to using too slow a shutter speed in low light) is also a popular technique. Having the photo further ruined by application of bizarre and ugly filters and special effects, in order to try to conceal how poor quality the photo was in the first place, is also popular.

The term selfie is often misused. Selfies are a subgenre of self-photography. It is wrong to use "selfie" to refer to self-photographs in general.

The following methods of self-photography are NOT selfies:
1. Photographing just one's own penis does not constitute a selfie. (Even if the camera is handheld, it doesn't qualify to be called a selfie unless the photographer's face is in the photo. Putting your other "head" in the photo doesn't count.)

2. Mounting the camera on a tripod, or resting it securely on a table, and using a timer to take the photo is not a selfie. (Camera must be held by the person for it to be a selfie.)

3. Using a throwable camera that automatically snaps at panoramic photo when at the top of the throw is not a selfie.

4. Dropping your camera on the ground and being lucky enough that instead of breaking it accidentally takes a photo of you is not a selfie.

5. Mounting your camera on a wild goat and having it take many photos while it charges at you is not a selfie.
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