Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Asian or Western? But First, Let Me Take A Selfie

Selfie has been THE word since a couple of years ago and now we have "wefie" (more than one person in the picture), "catfie", "dogfie" and many more. There used to be a saying: "Everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame!" Nowadays, with the power of internet and smart phones, everyone could have 15 minutes of fame in just one day! Although some critics have talked about the negativities that the concept of selfie has brought to the world, I think we should all agree that the selfie phenomenon is one of the biggest things in our lives right now and will not be going away anytime soon. 

Being someone who has been exposed to both asian and western culture, I have witnessed and observed the differences on how the selfie looks between these two cultures. I have to admit that I haven't been shying away from taking selfies. Check out the photos below and make your own mind on which style of selfies they are: Asian or Western?

自拍是这几年来风靡网络的一个代名词,并且现在除了自拍,还有群自拍,猫自拍,狗自拍等等。曾经有句名言:“每个人在一生中都有15分钟的闪光时间!” 而现在随着网络和智能手机的发达,每个人在每天就可能获得15分钟的精彩!尽管有许多人评价说自拍这个概念败坏了社会的风气,但是没有人可以否定这个正在席卷网络的现象不会在短期内消失。对于向我这样在亚洲和北美文化都浸泡过的女孩来说,我已经观察到了在这两种文化中,自拍的概念截然不同。请看看我以下的自拍照,然后由你来决定哪些是比较亚洲试,哪些是比较北美试的吧。
but-first-let-me-take-a-seflie, asian-style, western-selfie, duck-face

The pose "Yeah" has always been the biggest one in Asian selfies as it means happy and cute while duck face is preferred in the western selfies as it's associated with sexy and attractive (generally). 



The following are some interesting selfies I found.
Image Source: webburgr.com

Image Source: thefunniestanimalscom.com

Image Source: http://i2.mirror.co.uk
Image Source: Imgur.com

Have you heard of the SELFIE song yet? It was played in the Joe Fresh show during World MasterCard Fashion Week and then, it went viral. "But first, let me take a selfie..." it's funny and catchy. But what the older generation thinks of selfie? Check out this video for answers!

So what do you think of selfie? Do you think it's a good way to document our lives and share with friends and families? Or is it just a shallow and negative way to seek attention?


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