James Franco Schools You On Selfies


/ December 27, 2013

You can knock Kanye West for his narcissism but scroll through your photo map on Instagram and you’re bound to find a generous amount of selfies. In a new article for The New York Times, actor/comedian James Franco scribed a piece on the power of the selfie and like his “Bound 2″ parody with Seth Rogen, it was awesome. Read a snippet below:

I can see which posts don’t get attention or make me lose followers: those with photos of art projects; videos telling the haters to go away (in not so many words); and photos with poems. (Warning: Post your own, and you’ll see how fast people become poetry specialists and offer critiques like “I hate you, you should die.”)

But a well-stocked collection of selfies seems to get attention. And attention seems to be the name of the game when it comes to social networking. In this age of too much information at a click of a button, the power to attract viewers amid the sea of things to read and watch is power indeed. It’s what the movie studios want for their products, it’s what professional writers want for their work, it’s what newspapers want — hell, it’s what everyone wants: attention. Attention is power. And if you are someone people are interested in, then the selfie provides something very powerful, from the most privileged perspective possible.

Read Franco’s full piece on the meaning of selfies here.