Selfie Classes: The Next Worst Development After Selfie Sticks

The obsession with the self and the selfie in the twenty-first century continues to transform into more grotesque incarnations. Just when you thought the selfie stick was the pinnacle of our cultural demise, a sudden and unstoppable wave of selfie classes at such prestigious universities as USC and UCLA (perhaps it’s not a coincidence that both are located in the vanity world capital) has cropped up.

Graduating with a degree in narcissism
Graduating with a degree in narcissism

More than just a class about how to take selfies, these courses explore and “deconstruct” the “meaning” behind them. The implication that there is any substance to a selfie beyond complete and utter narcissism is something of a stretch, but educators seem convinced that we can learn about cultural identity from them, which is also a theory Kim Kardashian feels super strongly about.

The selfie at work in the classroom
The selfie at work in the classroom

With The Selfie Researchers Network (yes, it’s real) in place, academics everywhere are taking an interest in the art of the so-called modern self-portrait. Nonetheless, no matter how many pointed questions one tries to pose around the existence of this phenomenon, the simplicity of the act can’t be mitigated. The core intent behind snapping a photo of yourself stems from wanting to 1) show everyone how good you look and 2) convince everyone that your life is more fabulous than it really is.