This right here is the selfie that got the internet into a tizzy this weekend. The young girl in question had to defend herself against all kinds of harassment (unsurprisingly) after the picture went viral. According to her, she had studied the Nazi concentration camp with her father before his passing, and this was (by her logic) her way of honoring that time together. The whole incident calls to the front the politics of selfies and whether or not self-photography has the power to be an act of identity creation - and not just vanity. These are the things we should be talking about, but then you see her reaction to the controversy...
Aaaaaaand now I want to crawl into bed and just cry for the youth for a couple days.
Picture above via Urban Dictionary.
This weekend saw a disturbing hashtag trend made in promotion of the newest movie in "The Purge" franchise (you know, the movie that sets its premise on the idea that people would turn into violent Freudian monsters if crime was legal for a day rather than just like... deal with their problems like adults). The idea was to promote users to go wild and free on the social media network for a day, which inevitably led to jerks exposing graphically violent content - or even worse, nude photos of (often underage) ex-girlfriends.
This led some to parody the whole event outright:
Meanwhile, others got right to the heart of the matter:
Maybe instead we should have just purged social media from our system entirely?
From the YouTube description:
Moon Animate Make-Up is a crowdsourced group animation project to re-animate an episode of Sailor Moon shot-by-shot in each artist's personal style. From October 2013 to July 2014, over two hundred and fifty animators contributed at least one shot each to assemble a full length parody episode of Sailor Moon.