Our culture's "hashtag" Selfie addiction seems to be at an all-time high these days, #amiright?
At first, selfies were pretty simple... Use your camera phone to take a photo of yourself (insert cool background here), post to various social media sites. That wasn't enough, though, and now we have selfie sticks and drones to get the better angle and airbrushing selfie apps to cover up imperfections (not just blemishes and scars...you can actually alter the size of your nose with some of these apps!).
And finally......the age of 3-D selfies is upon us. Step into a 3-D scanning booth, strike a pose and await delivery of your 3-D selfie. All for as low as $95 for action figure size, or splurge for the $70k lifesize 3-D replica of...you.
Don't get me wrong, I love a good selfie every now and then. It's always nice to see the face behind the content on social media! A 3-D selfie statue, though? That seems a tad, well, fragilis to me, so give it up for this New Moon's fragilis award winner!
I'd love to hear your thoughts on all of this — 3-D selfies, airbrushed selfies and plain old camera phone selfies. Are you a selfie poster on social media?
I'll leave you with my #FuriosaSelfie from yesterday (;
Every New Moon, we will be awarding a fragilis award to our favorite person, product, procedure, etc. that represents the deepest depths of domestication!
WHAT EXACTLY IS A FRAGILIS?
I propose a re-designation of ourselves from the currently accepted H. sapiens sapiens to the new Homo sapiens domesticofragilis — meaning wise, fragile, domesticated man. Of course, at first glance this appears tongue-in-cheek, as if I were simply making a sarcastic quip. However, closer examination of the data indicates that when compared against still intact foraging peoples, we moderns are quite fragile indeed. Be it the lack of physical robustness — a distinctly reduced ability to tolerate temperature extremes for example — or simply our tendency towards early degeneration — the diseases of civilization, i.e. diabetes, cancer, heart disease, etc. — modern humans are undeniably far more delicate than our ancestors. While some might argue that domesticogracilis would be more fitting, again I would assert that it is fragility that characterizes us, as gracility implies a kind of gracefulness that is not indicative of most "moderns".