Media Psychology Research Center At Fielding Graduate University

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Speaker 1: First of all, what are selfies? Pamela Rutledge, Director of the Media Psychology Research Center at Fielding Graduate University, defines selfies in “Making Sense of Selfies” as “self-generated self-portrait[s].” My first argument against our motion for today, which is “selfies [are] the latest toxin,” in society is based on my premises of familial and cultural attributes. Consider, for instance, that I am a student living far away from my parents. Simply put, I am absolutely terrible at communicating with them over long distances. So, selfies help me communicate my experiences to them in ways that words cannot, as the “selfie [serves as] the documentation of a passing moment” (Rutledge). Forgive my use of cliche here but, a picture does indeed speak louder than words. In essence, they are then able to feel as though I am right next to them, at all times. In fact, it also helps me feel like they are right next to me helping me through the passages of my life, especially since I am so far away.

Speaker 2: A simple family photograph with the camera on selfie mode during Christmas or any festivals is a simple solution to your problem of cultural and familial attribute. I find it hard to believe that fostering familial bonds can be used as a reason to initiate the widespread use of selfies. It just does not completely make sense to me.

Speaker 1: Consider my perspective for a second, we know that every generation has a new way of representing themselves that is…

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