I couldn’t help myself. A taxonomy of selfies? How could I look away? Please forgive my self-indulgence (pun totally intended). The Week brought a hilarious version of a taxonomy to our attention in their article, “A taxonomy of selfies.”

I won’t assume that everyone knows about selfies or understands what they are. Selfies are defined by Wikipedia as “a type of self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone.” Social media didn’t bring us the selfie, but it certainly was a significant reason for their popularity. They have a bit of vanity to them, usually some quirky fun, and occasionally some art quality.

This particular article’s author subdivided the selfie into eight different categories:

  • The Delphie: A picture that predicts an imminent disaster.
  • The Dumbfie: A selfie you really just shouldn’t take.
  • The Tellfie: A picture is worth a thousand words. This type of selfie tells a story.

If these intrigue you, read the article for the rest. Now, get back to work.

Melody K. Smith

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