Few things represent the age of social media better than posting a selfie. We share these ubiquitous self-portraits with such an urgency you’d think we’d cease to exist if we stopped producing them at a rapid and ongoing rate. Think about taking a trip to a gorgeous location. If you exercise “selfie-control” and don’t post a picture of yourself at a place like the beach, did the exquisite voyage really happen?
Selfies have become a cultural obsession for many reasons. They’re fun. They’re easy to share. They’re self-referential. And, they’re mostly harmless. There is a hitch though, and it’s that every time we disseminate a selfie, we make it possible for a new crop of surveillance technologies to track us.