“Seeing Ourselves Through Technology” Chapter 3 Notes

Key Terms:

Metonym– This term might not be a key term, but it was still something I didn’t previously know what it meant. It means a word that is closely associated with something else. For example, Washington D.C. is a metonym for government.

Selfie – this is the main topic discussed in chapter 3. Selfies are such a broad topic that basically any photo of a person can be considered one. These photos also can be used to show other people a quick glimpse into a persons life. As described in the article, many people take a selfie a day and upload it into a time lapse.

Cumulative – this is used to describe the selfies these people are accumulating through the years by serial selfie takers.

Summary:

People like to take selfies to express themselves and the way we take them helps us express ourselves. Taking selfies once a day may seem pretty straightforward, but in reality we have the choice of what expression we will have, what is gonna be in the background, what am I wearing? All of these things were considered by Karl Baden who has been taking a selfie a day since 1987 which are all framed exactly the same. We can also take selfies in a photobooth which will show one very small blip of our lives, while still having a combination of natural poise and pose as the timer will automatically take a photo when the person may or may not be ready for it.

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