Lunch notes on the Selfie (noon-ish)

Lunch notes on the Selfie (noon-ish)

…A Selfie with Biyang island behind her |
a sea “glittery as jewels—ㅋㅋㅋ.”

She shudders at the squeaky cute voices
: this habitual conformity to “Selfie…ㅋㅋㅋ” |

people queueing to take photos in designated
“PHOTO OPPORTUNITY” areas.

She deletes the photo & vows to take no more.
The Selfie is an odd fad | habitually required of

like a document of proof | a notarization of the done
—a passive showcase of life for others to glance at & nod |

to flick past…pause…with a prod…a moment’s recognition
—it say’s more about them than where they are

—could I get rid of myself as easy as their passivity?
Technology designed for passivity.

To touch the screen is to scroll through time.
“Do you understand what one lonely hand can do?”

I’d use that “lonely hand” to slap the world
& him | even though I know better: I should guide

the world with it— I should know better: (—ctrl + alt + del
ctrl + alt + del ctrl + alt + del ctrl + alt + del—)…

10 thoughts on “Lunch notes on the Selfie (noon-ish)

  1. I regard the selfie – a consequence of a development in (marketed) technology – as living proof of what Stockhausen said (obviously about music): “New methods change the experience, and new experiences change man.”

    How’s that for a pseudo-intellectual comment! 😀

  2. Very much in character for the protagonist, Daniel: and that idea of passivity, for me, is very true. All these phone apps, including the usual suspects, Instagram, Facebook, etc “drive engagement,” I find it annoying, partly because it is a passive pointless engagement with a piece of software.

      1. A big question I reckon, Daniel. For me, we need software, it’s a lifesaver in many ways. I could suggest government intervention, laws to stop the abuse of various kinds that goes on. But I think that’s a trap, we’d wind up losing freedoms and gain very little.

      2. I never thought about its lifesaving properties. I suppose it is used for all manner of things out of sight but nevertheless affecting the daily mechanisms that govern us: hospitals, engineering, energy, safety. Any particular examples of where it has an invaluable effect on society? I think you understand this all better than me. I am no uninterested though.

      3. Well, I suppose a small example I’m very close to because of my work is as you mention, hospitals. Doctors can still use a stethoscope but a lot of other stuff is now software-dependent. In emergency wards, patients can come in with seizures, which may be missed. In various emergency departments in the US now, when relevant EEG is recorded as a matter of course, and reviewed by experts elsewhere. The intervening steps include fairly sophisticated software. Diagnosis and treatment saves lives.

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