Selfiecity is a multimedia research project that is investigating selfies. The researchers are using a mix of theoretical, artistic and quantitative methods about the demographics of people taking selfies, their poses and expressions. The use "imageplots" to assemble thousands of photos to reveal patterns that you can navigate (3200 photos in all). Finally, theoretical essays take a look at the role of selfies in the history of photography and social media.
Spend some time at this website. Click the image to the left.
Your goal is to click around to all of the main pages and subpages to get a strong sense of how the website is organized.
After you have a sense of the website, you will do some reading. You have two choices:
- "The Selfie: Making sense of the 'Masturbation of Self-Image' and the 'Virtual Mini-Me' " (click here for the PDF or go this page of the website) OR
The readings and the website will give you a sense of the kind of scholarship that is currently happening about selfies alongside a view into how and where that scholarship gets done.