“In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Andy Warhol
“Do you wanna talk or anything?“ Kirsten Dunst made a short with film maker Matthew Frost on selfies, the peculiar relationship between stars and fans, and the dominance of pictures during the age of social media. In two and a half minutes the film pointedly reflects that Andy Warhol’s “15 minutes“ of fame still holds. Except the “15 minutes“ are now a “selfie“.
When the term first appeared in an Australian online forum in 2002, nobody could have imagined how this new way to portray oneself would catch on. 2013 simply became the year of the selfie when the Oxford English Dictionary made it the word of the year. UI designers and analysts around Russian-American media theorist Lew Manowitsch examined the phenomenon in their project “selfiecity“ in 5 metropolises and 140000 pictures taken in one week and surprisingly concluded that only about 3-5% of pictures posted in these 5 cities were selfies. The number of women varied from 55% in Bangkok to 82% in Moskow, with an average age of 23. According to the analysts, Moscow had nothing to smile about. In the Russian metropolis people took the least pictures of themselves smiling.