The selfie and Sojourner Truth

10 Jan

2013 was . . . the year of the “selfie.” Named word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary, the selfie begins with a person holding a camera or camera phone at arm’s length, pointing it toward oneself, and taking a picture. The self picture is then shared through Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It would be weird if I had dozens of photographs of myself in my kitchen, living room, office, basement, bathroom and garage. But on my computer or phone, it is acceptable. Social media sites have become halls of mirrors and museums of the self where we invite others to gaze upon us. When I look at the screen, I stare back at me.

So writes historian Edward J. Blum at the Christian Century. He makes a very thoughtful move from considering selfies to considering how Sojourner Truth captioned photographs of herself: “I sell the shadow to support the substance.”

Read Blum’s piece here: The selfie and Sojourner Truth | The Christian Century.

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