John FitzGerald

John FitzGerald

Posted on 07/04/2018

Photo taken on June 23, 2016

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Another view of Toronto's selfie hotspot, Nathan Phillips Square.

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Love it. Especially the blue and white theme. That young selfie couple need to change their outfits. I'm baffled by the selfie revolution. It's as if people don't believe they are real unless they continually take selfies to prove they exist.
11 months ago.
John FitzGerald has replied to Jean
Thanks, Jean. Self-portraits have been with us for a long time; the selfie is the latest variation. There are so many, I think, because they are being actively promoted by social media (selfie apps, etc.) and because everyone has a camera these days.
11 months ago.
John FitzGerald has added
None of which explains their appeal, of course.
11 months ago.
Steve Bucknell has replied to John FitzGerald
11 months ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
A lovely candid shot Jean, I don't really "get" the selfie craze.
11 months ago.
John FitzGerald has replied to Keith Burton
Thanks, Keith. The thumbnail that identifies my posts is a selfie, although taken with a camera rather than a phone. I don't make a habit of it, though. When I go sightseeing I'm the one who doesn't want to be in the pictures.
11 months ago. Edited 11 months ago.
Steve Bucknell
Steve Bucknell
My theory is that selfies are age related, confidence related. If you're young enough then selfies are great records of moments, how you looked and felt, friends, lovers and places. When you get a little older, well...Rembrandt took some great selfies...

This is like a frieze, a kind of human hieroglyphics or a Toronto Bayeux Tapestry...without the fighting.
11 months ago.
John FitzGerald has replied to Steve Bucknell
Thanks again, Steve.

The selfie may also be an example of McLuhan's idea that new technology is hypnotic -- you have to do everything with it. This hypnosis has lasted a long time, though, but then again there have been frequent new developments in selfie technology. But why is new technology hypnotic? Then again, it only hypnotizes some people.

I think we need to work up a research proposal.
11 months ago.