By definition selfies (photos of yourself) are somewhat narcissistic, but there’s probably a few lines that shouldn’t be crossed, and a few that simply cannot be seen from the photo. Tim Molloy describes one:
Breanna Mitchell’s picture of herself at Auschwitz is, on its face, tasteless: It’s easy to see her as another narcissist who can’t visit a place of profound mourning without making it all about her. Even the news media’s term for the picture — “Auschwitz selfie” — sounds like something that would appear in a tacky satire.
Inappropriate selfie, right? Not quite.
But the selfie isn’t exactly what it appears to be. Mitchell, a recent high school graduate from Alabama, says she took the picture because she studied World War II and the Holocaust with her father before he died, a year to the day before her picture was posted… So perhaps it isn’t all about her. Perhaps it’s about honoring her dad, and learning history, and not about trivializing the place where more than a million Jews, Poles, Romani and homosexuals were murdered.
Whoa! Paradigm shift much? Remember all those articles about how Apple CEO Tim Cook should be fired?