Selfies

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LOS ANGELES — A selfie says a thousand words, especially when it’s taken with a longtime friend. We’ve all taken selfies to commemorate something together; it’s as if the moment doesn’t exist if we didn’t take that photo. Some selfie situations are more intense than others, however.

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This Is Your Selfie Reality

by Alicia Eler on April 7, 2014

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LOS ANGELES — What’s the best thing about selfies right now? That they are everywhere, and there’s nothing you can do to stop them. According to the internet, selfies are both the cause and effect of many social issues today.

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The new web series #Hashtag follows the lives of young queer women in Chicago whose dating patterns and attractions are significantly affected by the technologies that they use and, at times, abuse.

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Selfie Illusions

by Alicia Eler on March 31, 2014

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LOS ANGELES — How do we talk about real shit online? In the selfie world, where we become two-dimensional representations of ourselves as we would like to be seen, it’s sometimes not possible to do more than just like, reblog, retweet, ignore, or simply comment.

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Not Your Average Selfie

by Alicia Eler on March 24, 2014

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LOS ANGELES — Non-celebrities are more innovative with the selfie because all eyes are not (yet) on them.

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It’s one thing for people to take selfies with works of art; it’s another to climb on the art in order to get a photo and break it in the process.

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Selfie Justification

by Alicia Eler on March 17, 2014

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LOS ANGELES — I hit the brakes at a stoplight and turn my head to the left. I spot a young woman waiting for the bus. In golden capital letters on her t-shirt, the words WHY NOT shine boldly.

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PORTLAND, Oregon — The 2014 Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres knows a selfie moment when she sees it. In her second year orchestrating celebrity moments the selfie makes its move into Hollywood in a way that’s far more serious than James Franco’s self-involved ponderings or Justin Bieber’s epic adolescence.

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I Dream of Selfies

by Alicia Eler on February 24, 2014

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LOS ANGELES — Selfie culture is everywhere.

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What’s Your Selfie Pleasure?

by Alicia Eler on February 17, 2014

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LOS ANGELES — This week, a new selfie trend pissed people off. Jason Feiffer, the same guy who dug around on Instagram and discovered funeral selfies, discovered the creepy “selfies with homeless people” trend.

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