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Week of April 20, 2014

Selfie Portraits

04.20.2014

When’s the last time you took a selfie? You know, a snapshot of yourself that you share online. From feminist selfies to funeral selfies to politicians’ selfies, there’s been hot debate about selfies lately. This week artists, critics and psychologists weigh in.

 

  1. Selfie Primer

    There may be as many opinions about selfies as there are Twitter handles. Are they self-empowerment, or narcissism? Are they just personal branding? Or can they be art? Writer and critic Sarah Nicole Prickett came in to give us a primer.

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  2. Psychie - The Psychology of Selfies

    The press has been pumping out opinion pieces about selfies. One of the biggest debates is, what do they say about self-esteem? We turned to the psychologists… 

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  3. Sonic Sidebar: Woven Women

    In a small studio in Brooklyn, one artist is reimagining selfies. Erin Riley finds online self-portraits and transforms them into larger-than-life tapestries. The woven women don’t have faces… but they do have stories.

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  4. Poems & Selfies - Steve Roggenbuck

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    Steve Roggenbuck’s no traditional poet. Sure, he writes, but he’s built a following by posting videos of himself to Youtube. And his latest book is subtitled, "poems and selfies."

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  5. Picture the Artist

    Self portraits certainly aren't new. Artists have been making them for centuries. And not just because painting or drawing yourself is easier than finding a model. Here's art historian James Hall.

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  6. Dangerous Idea: Humane Prisons

    Criminologist Nils Christie's Dangerous Idea? Treat prisoners as people.

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  7. On Our Minds: Toms River

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    Dan Fagin just won a Pulitzer Prize for his book, “Toms River.” It’s a remarkable nonfiction tale of industrial pollution and its health impacts for people in a small New Jersey town.

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Regarding the Pain of Others

04.20.2014

Photographers capture heartache and agony. What does it mean for them? And what does it mean for us, those viewing the photos? Do these images create empathy? Compassion? Or something else?

  1. Regarding the Pain of Others - Susan Sontag

    Graphic war photos can be very powerful, but they often elicit complicated and unforeseen reactions among viewers.

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  2. At the Hour of Our Death - Sarah Sudhoff

    Photographer Sarah Sudhoff has made art out of death.

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  3. Sonic Sidebar: William Christenberry

    William Christenberry never intended to cross the path of the pain of others with his photos. He takes photos of simple buildings, mostly in Hale County, Alabama.

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  4. Potraits of the Mentally Ill - Michael Nye

    Photographer Michael Nye made portraits of the mentally ill and homeless people in San Antonio, where he lives. He also recorded their stories.

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  5. Dangerous Idea: Gender Choice

    Diane Halpern on Choosing the Gender of Your Child.

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  6. On Our Minds - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    This week we mourn the death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Here's his English translator, Edith Grossman.

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