Selfie (n)

‘Selfie’ has firmly established itself in modern vocabularies, having become Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year way back in 2013.

This week a Hillary Clinton press photographer captured an image that perfectly encapsulated the age of the selfie and subsequently went viral when shared by Victor Ng from the Clinton campaign.

Barbara Kinney‘s picture looks set to feature in a thousand digital marketing presentations (perhaps even displacing the Vatican iPhone/iPad comparison).

The Clinton selfie provoked some commentators to defend it against charges of narcissism. Certainly a more interesting take is to look at the changes technology has wrought on photography, participation and the need to be included in the moment.


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