Gender Roles And Social Media Essay

1748 Words Aug 7th, 2015 7 Pages
Oxford English Dictionaries’ definition of selfie defines it as a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. Selfies are often discussed as the negative consequence of capitalist consumer-based consumption, and appears to represent to many people a critique of youth who have become a part of the troubling consumerist fixation and the superficiality of self-imaging. There are many gendered implications that reproduce dominant ideologies, that link young women, self-obsession, narcissism and what could be described as an insatiable consumerism, that “according to Acocella (2014), has “made Americans, especially women, dependant on commercial products,” (Murray 2015).” New York Times writer David Carr (2015) agrees with Acocella’s feelings that selfies are a product of media fixation, capitalism, and narcissistic self-absorption. Along with these two writers there are many more that look to the selfie as the culprit of gender roles and socially constructed identities that reinforce patriarchy as well as interpellation.
Writer Jenna Wortham of the New York Times attempts to present a more open-minded viewpoint of the selfie culture within social media: “But it 's far too simplistic to write off the selfie phenomenon. We are swiftly becoming accustomed to – and perhaps even starting to prefer – online conversations and interactions that revolve around images and photos. They are often more…

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