I think I’ve finally figured out what bugs me about selfies on social media. It’s that attention is being drawn, almost exclusively, to the outward appearance. Sometimes it’s our accomplishments, sometime it’s our misfortune, sometimes it’s our surroundings. But usually it’s just our looks. A new haircut, a cute expression — worse yet, the infamous “Which do you like better?” post, which literally begs for audience participation. All of this is a 21st Century way of saying, “Look at me! Look at me!”
All hipsters look alike. This was the assertion recently written in one of those magazines that publishes those sort of articles. Hipsters, as it turns out, don’t like to be pigeonholed like that any more than lawyers, ethnic minorities, or SEC football fans. One actually wrote a threatening letter, accusing the magazine of using a photograph of him without his permission and disparaging him personally.
Turns out, it wasn’t him in the picture after all. He just looked like the hipster in question. Ah, irony.