A Typical Selfie
(Circa 2015, Kim Kardashian’s instagram) Kim Kardashian is the most followed person on Instagram, and her celeb status might lead you to believe that her Instagram page would feature polished, professional, or even artistically forward-thinking photography, but Kardashian appropriates the same gesture (we can see the arm that’s holding the camera), camera placement (high angle), and facial expression (lips pursed) typical of a civilian selfie.
A Selfie that Represents Me
(Circa 2012, from my Tumblr). This selfie is ACTUALLY a webcam selfie, a brand of selfie that feels endangered, even though it used to be the sole instrument for selfie-taking at my disposal. If this selfie represents me, I’m not totally sure what the message is, except that I like being at school, that I like Bread and Puppet prints (behind me), and that I hadn’t given up on wearing vision correcting prosthetics as a sophomore in college.
Self Authorship Through Social Media
This is a link, excerpt, and photo taken from a close friend’s food/recipe/DIY blog. But, her feed of recipes is anything but the bland, scientific site you might expect from a blog based on giving instructions: instead, her personal, individual voice shines through vividly in her writing style, her photography is an authentic testament to her aesthetic values, and the post I’ve cited above, in fact, delves into her deeply personal trials and tribulations with food–right before giving you a recipe for Madeleines, of course.