The History of the Selfie: And it All Began 1839…

457px-RobertCorneliusOnce a month I re-blog a post that I find interesting and want to highlight.  This post comes from one of the students in Dr. Jerry Kane’s ISYS 6621 course, Social Media for Managers.  It’s a fun look at the selfie phenomenon and what some may consider precursors to it.

ISYS6621: Social Media and Digital Business

And the 2013 award for Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is…. Selfie. Now folks, for all of you that are worried that the English language is going down the toilet, let’s keep in mind that “selfie” is part of the Oxford Dictionary Online, and not the Oxford English Dictionary, and the two are very different. The ODO focuses on current and practical usage, while the OED shows how words and meanings have changed over time. Basically, fad words like “twerk” can be put in the ODO and taken out, but words aren’t really ever removed from the OED.

Now that we’ve got that settled, how does O.D. define the word of the year? Selfie is “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” Yep that sounds about right, but why is this the word…

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