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.”
B)… u know what i mean?
Peter Parker confirmed for entry level hipster.
Jordi Gual, portrait of his blind daughter, Nastasha.
No, no, with all sincerity and due respect, in my opinion you did not “fix it.” All love and power toward the *intention,* which I imagine was to convey that Holmes and Watson were meant to be together (which is completely true), but Mary Morstan’s existence does not diminish in any way the real, canonical regard Sherlock Holmes and John Watson felt for each other. They would each take a bullet for the other, they were lifelong partners, and John Watson married Mary Morstan, who was a complete and total badass. Other reasons this is not “fixed” include:
—You’re literally erasing a woman of great intelligence and gentility, one whom BOTH Holmes and Watson respected and admired.
—You have not even see the episode yet (I am making an assumption there, but it’s a good one, and…).
—If you’ve read The Sign of Four, and maybe you have, Holmes says of Mary, “I think she is one of the most charming young ladies I ever met and might have been most useful in such work as we have been doing. She had a decided genius that way; witness the way in which she preserved that Agra plan from all the other papers of her father.” That’s the character you’re erasing.
—There is nothing wrong with shipping Johnlock. There is something decidedly unfortunate in needing to delete a strong female character in order to do it, however, and one taken straight from the original books.
—It honestly lessens the regard Holmes and Watson had for each other to assume that Mary might ruin anything whatsoever. What other wife would say “sure thing” every time John Watson abandons ship and takes off with Holmes for days at a time? Did Kelly Reilly ruin the WB films? No, she did not, and I am tired of this nonsense.
Rant over, thank you.
looks like we finally came across the intergalactic stash of space weed