Selfies can be a really polarizing thing: some see them as a way to share one's experiences with a network of friends and family and document memories, while others see them as contributing to a culture of narcissism and bringing with them a host of growing problems. This thoughtful video takes a look at the culture that enabled selfies to explode in popularity, a culture that started long before camera phones were a thing.
Coming to you from The New Yorker, this thought-provoking video examines the selfie's place and how societal and cultural factors led to its rise. It's a fascinating look at the phenomenon. I have to say that personally, while there's definitely some truth in the video, I don't think selfie culture is an all doom and gloom consequence of a misguided attempt to promote better self-esteem (both on an individual and legislative/societal level, as discussed in the video). I do think it has a place in current culture, particularly with our increasingly electronic modes of communication between friends and family. Like most things of a technological nature, a healthy balance is more of an individual issue than a sweeping condemnation of all.