Perhaps the most prevalent and annoying thing produced by the twenty-first century so far is the “selfie” – that all too commonly shared self-portrait taken with one’s ubiquitous smart phone. Of course the distance with which you could take these pictures was limited by the length of one’s arm. They say necessity is the mother of invention and apparently someone thought there was a “necessity” to increase the distance from which a selfie could be taken and thus was born the latest “must have” accessory, the selfie stick. The selfie stick is a metal rod which extends with a handle on one end and a clamp on the other end to hold a phone in place. The more advanced sticks also have Bluetooth controls, thus allowing the user to wait until the picture is perfect before taking.
You know who would have really like having a selfie stick? Narcissus. Perhaps you remember him from Greek Mythology. He was that proud and handsome guy that cared for no one but himself. His nemesis, who actually was Nemesis, decided to use Narcissus pride against him and led the unsuspecting lad to a pool where he saw his reflection in the water and fell in love with it, not realizing it was merely an image. Unable to leave the beauty of his reflection, Narcissus was never seen or heard from again.
If Narcissus had a selfie stick, he would not have been tied to that reflecting pool. He could have left while taking his beloved image along. He could have gone anywhere and taken pictures of himself. If you saw him today, you probably would not even notice him and his selfie stick among the thousands of self-absorbed folks taking pictures of themselves in any crowd of one or more. He could then take all of those fantastic selfies and share them on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter so that everyone could see the pictures and comment on how wonderful he looked. He could even develop a blog about all his selfies, where he took them and how to take the perfect selfie. Why, he could manage to be almost as annoying as many people are today.
I will admit that I have appeared in a selfie or two myself and I have posted pictures on Facebook and, it would appear, that I blog as well. But I promise to do my best to got get too wrapped up in myself and I promise that I will never buy a selfie stick.
I do want to say “thank you” for reading this blog! The last year has been fun and this post is the 100th for the blog. I hope you will keep coming back and please feel free to share this with others, the more the merrier!