Every time I see people taking selfies (shiver … the term itself makes me throw up in my mouth), I wonder. Are we in the midst of the most narcissistic period in human history? Or does our assortment of mobile devices simply give everyman a means to manifest narcissism in more obvious ways? Saturday night before the Diana Krall concert, people were taking selfies all over the Segerstrom Hall. You’d expect that at a Bieber concert, but this was a mostly middle-aged and up jazz crowd. And really, does anyone like the way they … and their spouse … partner … girlfriend … British Prime Minister (I’m talkin’ to you, president Obama) … look in a selfie, face distorted from the parallax of the camera lens? Now, you might ask, haven’t you ever taken a selfie, Older Eyes? Yes, I have:
Isn’t that better? So take the Unselfie Pledge with me … turn off your smartphone front-facing camera and swear off selfies. The world will be a better place if you do.