By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
Just how far would you be willing to go to take better selfies?
Apparently, trying to take another one from a different angle or putting a filter on wasn’t good enough for Triana Lavey, 38, a talent manager from Los Angeles, who spent around $15,000 on cosmetic surgery solely to change how she looked in her selfies.
In an interview with ABC News, Lavey said she “didn’t like the face staring back at her in Skype chats or in Facebook pictures.”
Evidently, untagging unflattering pictures wasn’t enough to solve the problem. Lavey has been undergoing plastic surgery to change her self-image for the past two years, resorting to a nose job, chin implant and fat-grafting. She recently went under the knife for corrective surgery on her nose, along with regular Botox treatments.
Like the rest of the world, she loves taking selfies. Millions are taken every day, thanks to the rise of social media platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat, and plenty are posted on other sites such as Facebook and Twitter as well. So are we as a society becoming more vain, or are selfies helping us create and maintain an online identity?
Lavey clearly thinks it’s more of the latter. In a video interview with ABC News last week, she said, “Your social media presence is just as important as your real-life presence.”
It sounds like she’s got a point there. After all, we can’t hear enough about employers deciding whether to hire an employee based on what they can find on their personal social media profiles, right?
“Today this business is moving at the speed of the internet [where] your selfie is your headshot,” Lavey said. “You can reinvent yourself every single day with simply your iPhone.”
While these are all valid points, most people wouldn’t be willing to go to such great lengths to change how they look in their front-facing cameras — not to mention the price paid.
But hey, to each their own, am I right?
By Stacy Schoonover, Staff Writer
First we had BU Crushes and BU Confessions, and now… BU Snaps?
BU Snaps already has more than 1,8oo Facebook likes after its creation on February 21st. It’s surely catching up to the other main anonymous Boston University entertaining Facebook pages. BU Crushes 2.0 currently holds 2,732 likes after joining in September.
School of Hospitality Administration freshman Maura Feltault sees the positive in the newest BU page. “I think it’s a good way for the BU students to come together as more of a community,” said Feltault. “It’s always fun to see what other people are up to and this is a great way for students to stay in touch.”
Some students, however, don’t feel the same enthusiasm about BU Snaps.
“I don’t like knowing that anyone could screenshot my snapchat and submit it onto this Facebook page without my consent,” said Lauren Howard, a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. “I understand I’m sending the snapchat, but to people who I decide, not a portion of the BU population that I don’t know.”
The snapchats range from food arrangements and partying, to “selfies” and views of the city.
While some may use this social media outlet to embarrass friends (all in good fun) or showcase funny or pretty pictures via snapchat, BU Snaps’s main goal is for students to share their life moments at BU.
With 157 snapchats shared and counting, the future of BU Snaps looks bright. With BU Confessions and BU Crushes 2.0 starting to fade on popularity growth, BU Snaps could be the next big thing.
By Ann Singer, Staff Writer
Language is always evolving, accommodating for changes in culture and behavior. Ridiculous at first, new words seem to pop up every week, creeping their way into our daily vernacular. Yet it isn’t until a word is officially entered into a dictionary that the word is deemed acceptable for formal use.
A new list of about 900 terms has been added to or updated in the Oxford English Dictionary just this past week. As if past additions of words like “twerk” or “selfie” didn’t indicate where the evolution of language is headed, this list has some contributions that are sure to raise some eyebrows.
Some examples include bathroom break, beatboxer, bestie, DIYer, do-over, sciency, and the verb form of toilet paper.
While some additions seem necessary to support our current lexicon, controversy arises over whether entries like bestie or the variations of the c-word really exemplify proper English. Many claim that these are just slang and are not appropriate words to enter into a formal dictionary.
However, throughout history we see the continuous cycle of one word morphing into a similar word, which then becomes a standard part of our language.
One common example we use everyday is the greeting bye. According to dictionary.com, The word originated from the phrase God be with ye, which was then abbreviated to godbwye, after which good (possibly in association with the phrase good day) substituted God to become good-bye, which now has shortened to just bye.
The entries of these controversial words do not necessarily imply our culture is deteriorating intellectually. Rather, it can mean we are simply entering a new phase in history.
One of the most prominent ways to recognize this shift is through the recent competition by Scrabble to let fans choose the first word to be added to the official dictionary. The official Scrabble dictionary is only updated once or twice a decade, so to make an event of it Hasbro invited fans to nominate words via Facebook.
Some of the first words suggested by Hasbro makers themselves were selfie (nine points) and hashtag (14 points). I think of Scrabble as a sort of academic game , so seeing the makers of the game themselves suggesting new additions like selfie only fortifies the new direction the English language is headed.
Whether this direction is a downward spiral to the death of the English language, or just a different phase and generation in time is a relative matter of perspective.
By Jacob Carter, Staff Writer
As aptly suggested by the name, “taking a selfie” is a highly self-centered activity that corresponds well to the narcissistic nature of adolescence. Walking through any number of public venues, one would be hard-pressed not to find an individual striking an awkward pose as they snap a picture of themselves on their smartphone.
Now, as witnessed in several recent news articles, it would appear that people are receiving their comeuppance for such flagrant displays of self-interest.
First thing for everyone to know: selfies can possibly spread lice.
As friends cozy up to each other and intimately touch heads in preparation for a picture, some people say it is possible for a lice-infected individual to spread their infestation through such direct contact. The idea stems from a sudden increase in lice among high school students in some areas of the country, and though experts deny this to be an explanation for the outbreak, it is best to play it safe and keep your head to yourself.
If a possible epidemic does not deter you from the activity, then at least be conscious of whether or not the time and place of your selfie is appropriate. After all, it is always important to maintain a level of respect.
Unfortunately, some people still don’t know the meaning of the word, like the soldier who hid in her car to avoid saluting the flag and to take a picture of herself for Instagram. Beneath the photo, Private Tariqka Sheffey wrote a comment that essentially expressed that people should keep their disapproving remarks to themselves because she does not care what they think.
Her words reveal the dark side of today’s cultural climate. People are now getting so wrapped up in the intense private world allotted by social media that they can lose both their respect and awareness towards others as well as towards sacred institutions. However, I don’t think that will stop anyone from taking selfies.
Of course, the moral of the story is not that people who take selfies are often selfish individuals. Just remember to be aware of yourself and of your surroundings when gearing up to take that photo. After all, you don’t want to be that person everyone hates for making them rub lice disinfectant all over their scalp. You just don’t.
By Hannah Landers, Staff Writer
Burglary, arson and murder are all considered to be pretty terrible crimes, but one look at any number of ranting articles on the web could have one believing that there is no atrocity more heinous than that of the “selfie.” Yet they’re out there, and multiplying by the second.
Though the term itself has become a recent phenomenon, selfies have long been a staple of social media.
Come with me now to a simpler time, when Myspace reigned supreme in the kingdom of the internet. Ah, yes, I can see it now: the profile layout that you carefully selected after hours of scouring the web, that Dashboard Confessional song with just the right amount of angst for profile’s music player and, most importantly, your profile picture.
You spent time on that photo, if not in staging it then in scrupulously selecting it from all those photos you took at your cousin’s wedding where your hair looked, like, so good. Myspace gave us the selfie, and we all embraced that sweet little nugget of vanity in our arms like it had come from the holy womb of Kate Middleton herself.
In fact, if we really want to “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” this into the depths of history, any artist who has ever produced a self-portrait has engaged in the not-so-sacred practice of selfie-dom. Yes, these portraits vary in their realism (I’m looking at you, Van Gogh!) and require a certain level of artistry, but doesn’t every great selfie? Today, the tricks-of-the-trade are a soft-focus filter and a steady hand.
And really, vanity is the social media endgame no matter what you’re posting. Sure, your Instagram might not be flooded with photos of your face, but it’s still a collection of the things that you see, the things that you experience. No matter what you’re posting about on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram, it all comes down to the bare-bones fact that you’re commanding followers and strangers all across this great internet nation of ours to care about you.
Therefore, there’s nothing really so egregiously arrogant about wanting to share your cheesin’ mug with the rest of the world. Selfies should be something to praise, not to condemn. You’re looking and feeling good, and you should be encouraged to share that positivity with the rest of the world. Selfie on, Garth!