I dream of a selfie-free world because I think it is time for us to stop focusing on self and instead, focus on what is going on around us. I’m not a big fan of Miley Cyrus. I have a twelve-year-old daughter (who is not allowed to post selfies) and if I ever catch her twerking bad things may happen. However, Miley has won some of my respect because she chose to use her Video Music Award (VMA) to shed light on the social justice issue of poverty and homelessness. She could have used it to self-promote in a usual celebrity fashion. Instead, we saw political activism. This is what I wish to see in place of every selfie. What would our world look like if we stopped gazing at ourselves, broke out of our proverbial narcissism and turned our camera phones to the multiple issues of social injustice that have begun to fade into the background like old wallpaper?
- Over 600,000 are homeless in America.
- It’s estimated that 20.9 million people around the globe are victims of modern-day slavery.
- Up to 300,000 children in the U.S. are susceptible to trafficking annually. The average age at which they are lured in for the first time is between 12-14 years old.
- More than 1,500 have died from Ebola in West Africa - 90% who contract the illness will die.
Where is the outrage on just this small sample of unacceptable global issues? Where is the passion to make a difference? Hope is not a good strategy when it comes to social justice. Action is required and it starts by turning the camera phone back around.
What issue will you get behind? And join me in making September Selfie-free!!
Singer, D. (2014). The Girls Next Door. 5280 The Denver Magazine, Vol 21. No.10.