The Oxford English dictionary has announced that the word of the year 2013, is selfie. Personally, I don't get it, and actually am a wee embarrassed. Until it was announced in the last few days, I had never heard it used, if I did, it was by some" teeny bop-per".
Oh, I had heard of it, but I spend too much time on the internet. Nude selfies of famous people are among the most famous PUI mistakes on Twitter. Even though they are usually removed within a few minutes when the person realizes what he/she has done, they have already been copied a hundred times and go on to live their immortal lives all over the net.
I even looked one up the other day after reading about it -- a French pop star had pulled the photo within minutes but it made all of the 'people' sites within the hour. When official complaints were lodged to make all of those sites remove the photo 'or else' it disappeared temporarily but it is now visible on all sorts of private sites. I think it took me about 3 minutes to find it, but Emmanuel Moire certainly has nothing to be ashamed of, at least in terms of his anatomy. In terms of personal judgement, that is another matter.
I love the word because it's necessary & because the very sound of it sums up the narcissistic tedium of compulsively snapping & sharing ones own face. I haven't been treated to any nude selfies of anyone, but there are some pretty funny examples of failed selfies here & there on the internet.
Obviously selfies existed before "duck lips", since selfies gave rise to the duck lip epidemic, but I believe the term duck lips came before selfie.
(Incidentally, my spell checker hasn't caught up to the OED yet, as it keeps telling me the word of the year & its plural are boo-boos.)
They'll look back on this selfie, years from now, and think "what on earth were we doing? We're world leaders, not a bunch of giggling teenagers. We're attending the memorial service of Nelson Mandela. Couldn't we have waited a bit before goofing around?"
The only person to come out of this with dignity in tact is Michelle Obama, who looks frosty to say the least.
It would be even funnier if it weren't faked. For one thing, look at the sizes of Thorning-Schmidt & Obama in the 2nd photo. They're giants compared to everyone else. Check out the sizes of the heads in the picture. The ones closer to the camera should appear proportionately larger, not smaller. Finally, compare the 1st & 2nd pics. Looks as though everyone changed seats -- it's a different group of people sitting around Thorning-Schmidt & Obama.
I think it's a tempest in a teapot. Gad, all of us have been to funerals & to the homes of the bereaved after the funerals. They're not always exclusively glum and sedate occasions. And a four-hour memorial?
Of course I don't know Michele Obama, but I swear she has the look of a woman with a headache & deep desire to kick off her nice shoes.
Moving right along, you can click on this headline: 16 Legendary Selfies of 2013 to see the pics. I'd have to look it up, but I believe "legendary" means "crap we'll have forgotten by the end of the year".