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February 11, 2014

Selfies Gone Seriously Wrong?

It’s no surprise that social media has caught on – and caught on fast. This is mainly due to the younger generations of teens and young adults who thrive on social media sites, and use them to connect with friends and share information and ideas. Social media trends run rampant on sites such as Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr – #tbt (Throw Back Thursday), #mcm (Man Crush Monday), and #ootd (Outfit of the Day), for example. I can name plenty more off the top of my head. Social media trends catch on really fast and can sometimes be socially inappropriate or blur moral lines. This time it involves a “selfie.”

There have been many socially sick selfie trends, such as selfies at funerals or selfies at sacred, monumental grounds, yet the latest will make humanitarians shake with disgust. A new Tumblr has risen to stardom, and it features selfies with homeless people – as if some of these trends aren’t inappropriate enough.

It’s not as if this repository of selfies is promoting human welfare and human rights. No, teens in the images are “laughing and joking as the unsuspecting victims of their pranks lie passed out on park benches and sidewalks,” according to a Daily News article. I don’t see anything funny about a human being shivering on a park bench, without a place to live. So why do tons of teens post such vulgarity?

The man behind it all – or, rather, the man egging it on– is Fast Company editor Jason Feifer, who created the “Selfies at Funerals,” “Selfies at Serious Places,” and now the “Selfies with Homeless People” Tumblr accounts. Feifer told Business Insider that “one of my favorite things about social media is seeing so many people, without knowledge of each other, do or say the exact same thing.” He went on to say that it was “fascinating” that all of these teens had the “same highly questionable idea,” and claimed he was in no way condoning the antics of the teens.

I’m pretty sure that putting a blog together of all the inappropriate selfies taking by teens is “condoning the behavior,” to put it bluntly. How would Feifer feel if we compiled a Tumblr of all the most embarrassing pictures of him we could find? Not sure if he’d feel the same way he does now. Either way you look at it, social media trends spread like wild fire, and there is no putting out the flame.

Edited by Blaise McNamee

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