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The Selfie Generation - by Alicia Eler (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 336

Genre: Social Science

Sub-Genre: Popular Culture

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing

Age Range: Adult

Author: Alicia Eler

Language: English

TCIN: 76533880
UPC: 9781510742857
Item Number (DPCI): 248-72-4712

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"Eler's book alights on the source of the selfie's power: It is the easiest way to assert one's humanity in our hyper-networked world. Perhaps our much-fussed-over narcissism is not a flaw but a survival tactic."--The New York Times

"Through a mix of reportage and personal reflection, Eler gives a snapshot of the snapshot, situating the selfie in a variety of cultural milieux: intimacy and relationships, journalism and activism, memes and savvy advertising."--Los Angeles Review of Books

"I am taking a picture of myself as I write this blurb about Alicia's neat new book addressing the joys and hazards of phone-operated self-reflection. And in taking this selfie, I find my selfie." --Maria Bamford, comedian

"Eler a selfie semiotician. Her book is in defense of millennials and all those who dare to take a selfie."--Wired Magazine

"In this kaleidoscopic exploration of the selfie, Alicia Eler challenges the popular view of the selfie as a narcissistic act. Part Millennial apologist, part cultural sage, Eler transforms this work of personal memoir into a meditation on the deep need of human beings for social connection. The Selfie Generation exposes the level of privacy we're willing to sacrifice in order not only to meet our basic need of food and shelter, but one another." --Elaine Romero, playwright, assistant professor, School of Theatre Film and Television, University of Arizona

"Fascinating, provocative, entertaining and enlightening, and likely to be the foundation of all future books on this subject."--Chicago Tribune

"Alicia Eler breaks with clich�s to imagine the selfie as a double-edged sword, at once an empowering and vulnerable phenomenon, characteristic of the digital age."--BBC

"A timely addition to growing research on selfie culture. Weaving first-person narrative and conversations with tech and social media experts, the Minnesota Star Tribune journalist offers a wide-ranging exploration of the effects of the selfie on our cultural relationship to technology, privacy, and gender."--Chicago Reader

"From activists recording themselves through what Eler calls "sousveillance" to artists exploring how social media users craft their own self image, Selfie Generation uses these images to explore the boundaries of the Internet and the physical world, along with questions of consent and copyright. Through interviews with both professionals and friends, Eler toes the line between a personal essay and a scholarly resource."--Minneapolis Journal

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