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Dawn of the age of the selfies: Crowd turns back on Hillary Clinton to take photos

At a recent campaign Hillary Clinton clicked a remarkable picture with her supporters, which had all of them clicking selfies with their backs turned at her. Social media is seeing it as the ideal depiction of the age of selfie.

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Hillary Clinton, who is competing against Donald Trump in the US Presidential elections, at a campaign event in Orlando yesterday officially stepped into the age of selfies. Clinton at the event got clicked a picture with the crowd and the photo is currently floating all over the internet. The photo is being seen as a true depiction of the craze of selfies worldwide. The image has Hillary Clinton standing against one wall of the room, and the crowd in front of her has turned its collective back from her, with their cameras aloft, desperate to place themselves in the same photo frame as the historic presidential candidate.

The image, which was clicked by Barbara Kinney, a photographer on the Clinton campaign, was posted on Twitter, where it was shared more than 17,000 times in a matter of hours and drew hundreds of comments. While most have been talking about how the age of selfie has truly set in with this pictures, some are arguing that Clinton orchestrated this remarkable selfie moment. After the crowd selfie, Hillary Clinton also joined the act herself, clicking pictures with her supporters.

Regardless of it being orchestrated, the picture does capture the true essence of the selfie craze. It has now become absolutely essential for people to document each moment they live in their smartphones. It is almost as if people have stopped believing in memories and living in the moment The new rule of life is that if you have lived a moment, you must have a proof of it. The phenomenon of ‘selfie’ has created some memorable snaps uptil now. Some of the most haunting ones have been the Pope’s first selfie, where he posed with young fans at the Vatican. The picture went viral on social media, and people called it the ‘Papal selfie’.

Dawn of the age of the selfies: Crowd turns back on Hillary Clinton to take photos

 

Another famous one was the one with the world leaders getting a hang of the selfie craze. At the Johannesburg memorial service for Nelson Mandela, US President Barack Obama, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, and the Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, got together for a selfie. The Cameron-Obama-Thorning-Schmidt selfie soon went viral, leading to a backlash from many who felt it was inappropriate behavior for a funeral. ALSO READ: Frequent selfie takers are less attractive, likely to become narcissists: Study

 

Then, the unforgettable one is, the legendary 2014 Oscar selfie, which kind of started it all. Featuring Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper and others, this was one of the most talked about group selfies.

Dawn of the age of the selfies: Crowd turns back on Hillary Clinton to take photos

It will be blasphemous if we don’t mention our own Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when we talk about growing craze of selfies. Modi has taken selfies with premiers of several countries including Tony Abott (Australia PM) and Angela Merkel (Germany chancellor) among others. Modi’s fondness for selfies has also helped coining of terms like ‘selfie diplomacy’. His recent ‘selfie with daughter’ campaign aimed at women empowerment was highly successful. ALSO READ: British man’s selfie with EgyptAir hijacker goes viral

Dawn of the age of the selfies: Crowd turns back on Hillary Clinton to take photos

That said, the fad for selfies is so high, the smartphone manufacturers have been releasing smartphones with dedicated features for selfie lovers. For instance, in 2016 itself, there have been a variety of smartphones launched that specifically targeted the selfie fans. Smartphones like the Asus Zenfone Selfie, Oppo F1s and Gionee S6s come with selfie-dedicated features. While some selfie phones have beauty mode for cleaner and smoother selfies, some come with dedicated front flash to take brighter photos from the front camera in the low light. Already, the companies are making efforts to improve the front camera quality with higher megapixel counts and better sensors. HTC’s flagship HTC 10 and Sony’s Xperia XA Ultra have Optical Image Stablization in their front cameras.

Clearly, we are headed to a world, which teaches you to keep yourself in the main frame at all times. Tell us what do you think about the selfie craze, is it a narcissist trend or just a convenient way of clicking pictures?

  • Published Date: September 26, 2016 6:38 PM IST