Today, we’re reading Terry Nguyen’s Vox article,“Are We Ever Authentically Ourselves on the Internet?” In your small groups, please consider the following questions: Do you share content across platforms? Why? What is authenticity? What does it mean on social media? What aspects of your life/personality do you perform? Would you use BeReal over TikTok or… Read More Be Real Social Media
Today, we’re reading Elle Hunt’s article, “Faking It: How Selfie Dysmorphia Is Driving People to Seek Surgery,” from The Guardian. In your small groups, please answer the following questions and post them here: What is the central claim of the article? Can you identify a specific sentence? How does the series of images at the… Read More Selfie Dysmorphia
We’ll check out van Houtryve‘s Traces of Exile. as a class. We’ll also look at the featured story from The New Yorker, “Europe’s Migrant Trail, Through the Instagrams of Refugees” As we look through the exhibition, consider the following questions: What story is van Houtryve telling us with these videos? What does he want his audience to learn… Read More van Houtryve Migrant Trail Exhibit
Today we’re reading Alice Robb’s New Republic article, “Would Van Gogh Have Taken Selfies? Probably. In your small groups, consider the following questions: Why do you think it’s such a big deal that the Oxford English Dictionary declared “selfie” the word of the year? What are the aims of selfie? What are selfies trying to do? How might this differ from… Read More Robb Van Gogh Selfie
Today, we’re reading Margaret Andersen’s Wired article, “The Selfie as We Know It Is Dead.” Keep in mind your understanding of what selfies are and how they work as you answer the following questions: In the opening paragraphs, Andersen asks, “is a selfie still a selfie if someone else is taking it for you?” What… Read More Selfie Is Dead?
Today, we’re reading Caitlin Dewey’s article “The Other Side of the Infamous ‘Auschwitz Selfie’ ” from The Washington Post. Before we dig into the reading, let’s develop some shared knowledge: What do you associate with Auschwitz? You can provide a list of bullets. Next, what do you think of the selfie Breanna posted of herself… Read More Auschwitz Selfie
Take some time by yourself and answer the following questions. If you’re in class, you don’t have to post your responses here. In Katrina Trinko’s National Review piece, “Selfies Say ‘Lonely,’” she argues that “we’re all pop stars and presidents now.” Why does she make that claim How does it fit into her larger claim… Read More On Brand Lonely Selfies
Today we’re checking out Tucker’s “The Science Behind Why We Take Selfies” from Bustle. In groups of 3-4, answer the following questions. Designate a typist for your group who posts your answers. Feel free to cut and paste examples from the text to support your answers. What is the thesis or main point of the… Read More Selfie Science