Ezra Koenig: Believe in Your Selfie
Vampire Weekend singer defends the youth against accusations of Instagram narcissism (via Rolling Stone)
This week, Oxford Dictionaries announced that its 2013 Word of the Year is “selfie.” One person who was less than thrilled about the choice is Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig. “You know, I got really excited about the word ‘selfie’ in 2012. So when I see that it’s the word of the year in 2013, I feel like, ‘Tell me about some new words!’”
Koenig is firmly in favor of selfies. "I’m definitely pro-selfie," he says. "I think that anybody who’s anti-selfie is really just a hater. Because, truthfully, why shouldn’t people take pictures of themselves? When I’m on Instagram and I see that somebody took a picture of themselves, I’m like, ‘Thank you.’ I don’t need to see a picture of the sky, the trees, plants. There’s only one you."
Adds Koenig, "I could Google image search ‘the sky’ and I would probably see beautiful images to knock my socks off. But I can’t Google, you know, ‘What does my friend look like today?’ For you to be able to take a picture of yourself that you feel good enough about to share with the world – I think that’s a great thing."
The singer is scornful of those who see selfie-snapping as a sign of narcissism. "There’s all this bullshit about ‘the younger kids today are more self-absorbed,’" he says. "It’s like, give me a fucking break! I’ve been in nursing homes, where my grandma is. I’ve seen some of the most selfish people on the planet in there… And the world that these kids are born into literally could not get more selfish. The world is so fucked-up and unequal and full of assholes. You can’t blame it on the younger generation."
Koenig was unaware of “Selfies at Funerals,” the recent Tumblr collecting selfies taken at what some see as an inappropriate place. “No, I didn’t hear about that," he says. “But you know what? When I die, everybody is invited to come take a selfie at my funeral. Except for my enemies. They’re not invited to the funeral, period.”
So I probably should do an ‘about me’
My name is Sarah, I’m 24 and I just finished studying my 2nd year of journalism at RMIT. I grew up in Adelaide, and I moved here when I was 22 to begin my degree. Before journalism, I completed an Adv Dip in commercial photography through TAFE SA.
I watch far too many movies and I don’t pay enough attention to the news. I function on coffee and I recently learned how to make a very simple tofu stir fry which keeps me alive
I’ll probably just post a shit ton of Simpsons screenshots
My regular tumblr can be found here (it’s for my own entertainment purposes only)
I also have a serious one that needs a lot of work, it can be found here:
You can also find me on twitter @s_maunder
I forgot I had control of the RMIT Tumblr as of last night. I went out and had so many fish tacos for dinner I just came home and fell asleep
What? Bachelor of Journalism
“I’m part of a small band of rebels struggling to restore freedom to the galaxy.”
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