Selfie Portraits

April 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

    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

    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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