Oxford Dictionary Names “Selfie” as Word of the Year

The article is about the 2013 Word of the Year-Selfie. Oxford Dictionaries has bestowed an honor upon arguably one of the most embarrassing phenomenon of the digital age: the selfie, reports dfdaily.com.

Selfie – “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website” – has been named word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries editors, after the frequency of its usage increased by 17,000% over the past 12 months.

Here are several reasons for the explosion of selfie.

  • Development of smartphone

It was the development of phones with rear and front-facing cameras that made selfies possible.

  • Development of social media

Social media provide the platform for sharing. People can push their latest line of jewelry, perfume, haircut or themselves, directly, free of charge via social media.

  • Celebrities

It is not just TV stars or pop singers who do it. Hillary Clinton can hardly stop snapping herself, while the Singapore prime minister spent most of last week’s Commonwealth meeting taking selfies with other leaders.

However, some people believe that it is an act as modern as it is narcissistic, perfectly capturing the self-regard of our age. But it is also, some think, a worrying trend that could leave young girls, in particular, with low self-esteem. And also for grown men – including world leaders – who love nothing more than a selfie.

But I think it at least indicates the impact of social media on culture.

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/social-media/10460202/Selfies-how-the-world-fell-in-love-with-itself.html

 

–Ya Wang

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