New Narcisim

New Narcissism
For centuries, the rich and the powerful has documented their existence and their status throughout painted portraits. The purpose is to display them, as they wishes to be seen. Self-portraits can at once expose and obscure, clarify and distort. They can display egotism and modesty, self-aggrandizement and self-mockery. Today, our self-portraits are democratic and digital, as they are crafted from pixels rather than paintings. The purpose is still to present your personality; in the way you want others to see you.
We can see these tendencies on different socializing websites such as MySpace, Twitter and Facebook, which basically features “the modern self-portraits of our time”. Like painters constantly retouching or changing their work, people alter, update, and tweak their online self-portraits. However as digital objects of the internet, the online profiles and blogs of today are far more ephemeral than oil on canvas – and have far more possibilities of developing egoistic and conceited perspectives on life.
Social studies and examinations on the human personality have come to show, that everybody seek some sort of validation in our actions. This is the main reason why people expose themselves to the world, hoping to be confirmed by someone. Furthermore they seek opportunities and new ideas in order to stand out from the crowd – in which the goal often justifies the means.   The way popularity is reached today is more or less irrelevant. Chris Crocker, who is mentioned several times in “Me, Me, Me”, is an outstanding example of this “trend”. He posted video on YouTube – a website where anyone can publish videos dealing with just about anything in the world -, where he is babbling and crying inconsolably about Britney Spears, who he hasn’t actually met, but who the whole world knows of. The video emerges feelings in the viewer, who is now forced to take a stand, whether he agrees with Chris Crocker or not – and with such a strong, outrageous...