The Self-Shot: A Study of Fame and Dorkdom

by Marina Galperina on January 13, 2010 · 10 comments Events

POST BY MARINA GALPERINA
M.Gira, of Angels of Light, formerly of Swans, via his MySpace

Do you feel lame after sitting alone with your little camera, miming personality before the flash, angling your jaws for that flattering, “spontaneous” face? Don’t. We’ve all done the self-shot. With the metempsychosis of all regular social behavior into Facebook, Twitter, and What-ever-the-shit-er, we’re all well on the way to becoming our own avatars. The amusing byproducts of this are the self-shots by cultural figures like Mr. Gira over here. Yes, I almost feel like you’re really “my friend” there, sir.

Whether you think of the pervasiveness of social networking sites as a genesis of high-tech awesomeness and great idea-exchange portals or that it’s a potentially Apocalyptic, shallow, collective hallucination of friendship – you probably have a bunch of profiles yourself. Of course, it’s best to be somewhere between a Luddite and one of those people vomiting their every banal thought all over each other online. But if David Lynch is wishing Elvis a Happy Birthday or Damien Hirst wishes it rained sand, I want to know about it! And if Weird Al puts tiny lizards on his face and takes a picture of himself, I want to see it! (See that and others of varied relevancy, after the break. Plus: post your finds!)

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Michael Gira’s Duality of Man (a.k.a. “hey, six-eyes!”) via his MySpace

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Self-pic from Stephen Fry’s usual
Twitter diarrhea, in all its earnest weariness

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Stephen Fry’s tender
postcard of rose and hangnail

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David Lynch’s disappointingly normal
twitpics

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When Eddie Izzard went crazy – marathon run, pit stops for
Mona Lisa smiles

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Author Douglas Coupland, 
in self-imposed limbo

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Weird Al’s reduces legacy to
Reptile Habitat Face

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Ye Olde Dorkgasm,
twitpic

  • http://twitter.com/manbartlett man

    i’ve been enjoying on kawara on twitter. no confirmation as far as i know that it’s “official” but it’s pretty awesome either way:
    http://twitter.com/On_Kawara

    and here is ben folds:
    http://twitpic.com/l2lvt

  • http://twitter.com/manbartlett man

    i’ve been enjoying on kawara on twitter. no confirmation as far as i know that it’s “official” but it’s pretty awesome either way:
    http://twitter.com/On_Kawara

    and here is ben folds:
    http://twitpic.com/l2lvt

  • http://eageageag.blogspot.com eageageag

    “one of those guys vomiting their every banal thought all over each other online”

    Hate to break it to you but gals vomit their every banal thought all over each other (?) online as well.

  • http://eageageag.blogspot.com eageageag

    “one of those guys vomiting their every banal thought all over each other online”

    Hate to break it to you but gals vomit their every banal thought all over each other (?) online as well.

  • http://www.artfagcity.com Art Fag City

    True. “Guys” unisex-ed upon request.

  • http://www.artfagcity.com Art Fag City

    True. “Guys” unisex-ed upon request.

  • http://eageageag.blogspot.com eageageag

    I feel better. Thanks. By the way, since you brought up M.Gira, The Swans are reforming and putting out a new album in 2010.

  • http://eageageag.blogspot.com eageageag

    I feel better. Thanks. By the way, since you brought up M.Gira, The Swans are reforming and putting out a new album in 2010.

  • esteban

    anton from brian jonestown massacre has probably 200 more than my 17 year old stepsister on his myspace

  • esteban

    anton from brian jonestown massacre has probably 200 more than my 17 year old stepsister on his myspace

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