• eli

selfies and self-identity

自撮りで自分探し

Hi guys, Eli here.

やっほー! エリーです。

If I say the word selfie, what does it bring to mind?

セルフィーっていったら、何が思い浮かぶのかな?

Since smartphones came on the market it has become incredibly simple to take one’s self portrait, and this has led to a popularization of the so-called selfies - you could probably say that most of the people of our generation have taken one at least once.

スマホが市場に登場して以来、自撮りを撮るのが以前より楽になってきて、いわゆるセルフィーが徐々に人気になってきた。おそらく私達の世代の人のほとんどは、一度でもセルフィーを撮ってみたことがあるといえるかも。

Now associated with social media networks and the 'influencer’ lifestyle, they are a staple of Instagram imagery, and perhaps because of this they also tend to be viewed rather skeptically. I don't know how many articles have I read that try explain selfies as a symptom of a society that is becoming more narcissistic with each passing day. And even among people who don't hate selfies, there is a quite consistent group around me that certainly doesn't find them interesting.

自撮りは、現在インスタグラムなどのSNSやインフルエンサーを代表するコンテンツの一つになってきていて、おそらくそのせいで批判的に見られていることもあると思う。セルフィーがナルシストになりつつあると解説する記事がしょっちゅうフェイスブックのフィードででてきたりする。少なくとも私の周りには、そこまで考えてなくても、セルフィーが面白いって思っている人が少ないかな。

Personally, I am fascinated by selfies. I still feel influenced by the discourses I cited above, so I cannot say my love for them is unconditional. Some selfies I like more than others. But still, self-portraiture in the smartphone generation is a deeply interesting phenomenon for me.

個人的にセルフィーは好きなの。まあ、私も多少周り