The Philosopher Selfie
I was just listening to a podcast talking about a new year challenge called the “Daily Selfie” that includes (as you might assume) taking a daily selfie of yourself and posting it somewhere, as a way to document yourself through the year. 2013 is now being called the “Year of the Selfie”, and you can find selfies of everyone from Bill Murray (okay, I don’t know if that’s true) to your grandma (I don’t know if that’s true either, but it definitely could be).
I kinda like the idea of documenting something from my life every day for a year (we are always searching for new ways to learn about who we are and those around us, no?) but photos are already so – omnipresent. Like god, except much more concretely provable. You don’t have to be famous anymore to feel like you’re being followed by the paparazzi. It’s also so… external. It’s about documenting your face, body, clothes, hair or, for some of you dudes out there, beards.
Nothing wrong with photos and “a picture is worth a thousand words”, right? But is it? Or are there times when a thousand words says way more than a picture could ever say? I think it might depend on who you’re trying to learn about, and what: a picture of my outfit is the best and (definitely in this day and age) the fastest way to depict it – but that’s assuming the things I’m trying to learn about are always as easily photographable as a piece of clothing. Internal stuff – like what goes on in your brain, heart and gut – are a bit trickier.
Hmm. It was kind of hard to take a picture of this problem, so instead I just thought about it for a few minutes, and came up with a sweet little solution for my conundrum. To counter the “Daily Selfie”, I’ve decided to do a daily Philosopher Selfie: a self depiction of the state of my brain and interior self that day. I’ll document daily using real words (that I had to think and type! You’ll have NO IDEA what outfit I was wearing!), just 2 to 3 sentences for each day, then post here weekly.
2014: The Year of the Philosopher Selfie. You are welcome to join me. Let’s start it up, folks.