I tried to ignore this picture when it first started trickling in from South Africa. Then I thought, “Oh they’re not posing for a selfie; they are looking at something on that lady’s phone. Who would be posing for a selfie at a funeral? That’s not dignified.”
Then it turns out the the lady is the Prime Minister of Denmark. Phew; I was fearing that she was a stewardess from Lufthansa or someone’s simultaneous interpreter. And yes, that’s Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom getting into the fun. He’s not a good influence on our Barack Obama.
It’s a selfie, alright. Look at Michelle Obama’s unamused facial expression (now the source of wild speculation over the interwebs). Yet, we weren’t there; we don’t know if this picture was snapped during the long wait before the ceremony began. For all we know, Cameron insisted on it, and it was a diplomatic “must” for Obama. There is really no way that these 3 giggling world leaders were posing during the speeches themselves.
And just maybe, Cameron insisted on it because “Selfie” was the one new slangy word that the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) admitted into its pages for 2013.
Selfies have taken over our planet.
Not every single moment needs to be memorialized. You could put down your phone and actually live in the moment. Will you actually spend time looking at your pictures once you’ve taken them?
Selfies are mirrors with long memories. Most people I know do not want to be caught checking themselves out in the mirror in public, but selfies are worse. All they seem to do is get people in a lot of unnecessary trouble. (See: Anthony Weiner.)
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the vainest one of all?