It seems to be a cool thing to denigrate Generation Y as being self-absorbed and entitled. A lot of this has to do with my generation’s love of social media and the rise of the selfie art form. And sure, there are some problematic tendencies with my peers’ culture. Are we sometimes self-absorbed and entitled? Sure. But I don’t think selfie culture is all bad.
Ezra Koenig, lead singer of the awesome band Vampire Weekend, once said something that completely solidified my positive opinion of selfies.
“I’m definitely pro-selfie. I think that anybody who’s anti-selfie is really just a hater. Because, truthfully, why shouldn’t people take pictures of themselves? When I’m on Instagram and I see that somebody took a picture of themselves, I’m like, ‘Thank you.’ I don’t need to see a picture of the sky, the trees, plants. There’s only one you. I could Google image search ‘the sky’ and I would probably see beautiful images to knock my socks off. But I can’t Google, you know, ‘What does my friend look like today?’ For you to be able to take a picture of yourself that you feel good enough about to share with the world – I think that’s a great thing.”