i hate anti-millennialism. its so arrogant and hypocritical, every generation sooner or later gets around to blaming everything on the people that come after them. its probably disappointment that they dont get to live carbon-copy-like, vicariously through the next generation. any reasonable person couldve told you that.
i dont believe this generation is more self-centered, per se. at times, its spread out more superficially– due to global communication, social diseases like facebook, and ever-increasing population growth. for an older generation to talk about this like its just a millennial thing is a serious case of not-looking-in-the-mirror. (perhaps thats why they hate selfies, they havent looked at themselves in ages.)
anyway, ive been sick of it since it started, and im not even a millennial. (im close though.) and while i think privacy is important, i dont think selfies are the real problem here.
the biggest problem i can find in society isnt the “narcissism” of a self-portrait. i mean, self-portraits are celebrated; heres a whole lot of classic examples, for those who think “millennials” invented the idea: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-portrait
perhaps theyre trying to say that photography isnt art; but it can be, and you dont get good without practice.
i actually find the act of selfies (not the product) kind of annoying; people are always whipping cameras out, but it isnt the part where they aim the camera at themselves that i find annoying. im not anti-selfie, but i dont really love them in public. its not like theyre going to go anywhere any time soon in any case.
the real problem in my opinion, is the narcissism of people needing to find something wrong with every other person. thats the kind of mindset that makes selfies a “problem.”
its simple prejudice; once you can blame an entire group of people (like a generation) for all the ills of the world, it becomes a sort of hobby to find little bits of “proof” everywhere. but thats more narcissistic than any self-portrait, i think.
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