The history of the selfie

We live in the age of the selfie. A fast self-portrait, made with a smartphone’s camera and immediately distributed and inscribed into a network, is an instant visual communication of where we are, what we’re doing, who we think we are, and who we think is watching. Selfies have changed aspects of social interaction, body language, self-awareness, privacy, and humor, altering temporality, irony, and public behavior. It’s become a new visual genre—a type of self-portraiture formally distinct from all others in history. Selfies have their own structural autonomy. This is a very big deal for art. Here are some interesting facts about the selfie.

Levar Burton’s reaction to reaching $1 million

Reading Rainbow is about the ultimate campaign. Teaching kids to read, giving it away for free, and having LeVar involved at every level. This thing is probably going to hit 3mil which is enough to put it with the all time highest funded projects. What makes it special is that it’s mainly being funded to help other people rather than for a product solely for personal use.