What Does the Selfie say?
Selfie-App Analyse: Selfie mit einer (Beauty) App bearbeiten und (die App) kritisch bewerten: Welche Normen sind hier präsent?
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- Selfie as discourse: What is the history (or histories) of the selfie? How do these histories map to contemporary media and scholarly discourses regarding self-representation, autobiography, photography, amateurism, branding, and/or celebrity?
- Selfie as evidence: How do selfies function as evidence that one attended an event, feels intimate with a partner, was battered in a parking lot, is willing to be ‘authentic’ with fans, or claims particular standing in a social or political community? One uploaded, how do selfies become evidence of a different sort, subject to possibilities like ‘revenge porn’, data mining, or state surveillance?
- Selfie as affect: Examples: What feelings do selfies elicit for those who produce, view, and/or circulate them? How do discourses about controversial selfies map to larger conversations about “audience numbness” and “empathy deficit” in media?
- Selfie as ethics: Who practices “empowering” selfie generation? Who does not? Who cannot? How do these questions map to larger issues of class, race, gender, sexuality, religion and geography? What responsibilities do those who circulate selfies of others have toward the original creator of the photo? What is the relationship between selfies and other forms of documentary photography, with regard to ethics?
- Selfie as performance/presentation of self: Pay attention to the tension between spontaneity and staging in the way that selfies serve as a performance and presentation of self in global and social media contexts. When does the selfie as genre become a standard and format for staging authenticity ?