I’m Terri Senft (New York University, USA), and together with Gaby David (EHESS, France), I’ll be running the online conversations for this week of our Studying Selfies course. I’m excited!
Since this week’s topic is selfie and identity, I thought I’d begin with one of my first memories of selfie production. These are from a webcam I ran 24/7 in my house, while working on my book Camgirls: Celebrity and Community in the Age of Social Networks. This is not a plug for my book (it’s old news now–the date on these photos is 2001!) but rather a prompt to get you thinking about your first selfies.
Can you remember when you started taking photos of yourself? Can you recall when the practice started getting popular among your peers? Did it have to do with developments around technology (e.g. folks getting their first camera phones), developments around peer performance of self (e.g. posting moments of life on Instagram, Facebook, SnapChat etc.), developments around siblings (e.g. your sister or brother was doing it), or something else entirely?
Let me know. I’m interested! Stories, photos–all are welcome.
PS: For those interested long post on the first photo reads, ” Because I am not talking to you, it does not follow that I am a bitch.” Ah, youth.
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