In this episode of PBS Idea Channel, host Mike Rugnetta defends the selfie by classifying it as perhaps an altogether different form of communication than a traditional photograph.
Despite being possibly the world’s most annoying habit, selfies are undeniably a major part of modern visual language. They may be the lowest common denominator of the art of photography, but they are also a legit form of communication (“a picture is worth a thousand words” comes to mind). But maybe all the hate comes from a confusion about what selfies actually are! Is it possible they’re not actually “photographs” but a totally different form of communication?
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