On reflections

It will never fail to amaze me how you can state an opinion as simple as “I think selfies are tacky” and have a million people flood to your inbox, because heaven forbid an anonymous person on the internet has a thought that differs from their own.

I know, right? I’m always fascinated by unexpected backlash. You’d think I’d looked these kids in the eye and called them tacky.

I guess I sort of get it. People took it personally because selfies are a ritualized behavior closely tied to identity, but still, if I had made a critical statement about mirrors, would people think I was insulting their reflections?

(Interestingly, yes, the narcissists would.)

It sounds like your problem is with “selfie culture” rather than people taking pictures of themselves.

Sure. You’re playing a little fast and loose with the word “culture,” but I get what you’re saying. The phenomenon taken as a whole is what bugs me.

At the end of the day, my real problem is with narcissism and bad lighting.


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