The main focus of our topic is selfies, and how since the invention of front facing cameras and the explosion of social media, they have become a culture of their own, in a sense. Selfies are taken by everyone in our society nowadays and even if people don’t take them almost everyone knows how to. It complicates new media is a variety of ways, it affects the way people view themselves, each other, and allows people to put on personas that may not be necessarily true to form of who they really are or what they look like. While selfies allow people to enhance their looks and possibly “boost” their feelings about themselves, usually it takes much effort to get such results.
Theoretical Approaches that seem to fit well with this topic would be audience, reception, marketing can also be effected (celebs. who take pics of themselves with brands and such) and selfies as I mentioned almost have their own sub culture of participatory culture. Taking, posting, and sending selfies is an interaction of sorts between many people. *Think about it: the reason so many people take and post selfies is others can see them and like their photo.* There are apps for phones that really are based off selfies (enter Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) all revolving mostly around people taking pictures of themselves and what they do with their lives.
I think that although everyone knows what a selfie is and many have taken them, not many people understand the lengths some go through to get a “perfect” selfie or how celebrities taking photos with brands, at restaurants, in clothing etc. can dramatically effect a company nowadays, and I’m not sure if that’s necessarily a good thing. Selfies have become so common in new media and social media and I think it’s interesting as to why? and for what reasons?