The treachery and the authenticity of images | Katie Warfield | TEDxKPU

04/11/2014 13:13:00

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. We have always been fascinated with mirrors. From day one, perhaps the most fascinating toy for a child is a mirror. And the reason is both simple and complex: to be, is to reflect. But the conundrum is, that the part of ourselves we so desperately want to see our face-the established icon of our identity is the one part of our self we will never see with our own eyes. Katie's talk will explore our fascination with mirrors, especially with the rise of online identities, selfies, and Instagram culture. What do mirrors permit us to see? Why are mirrors so important in this day and age? And what amazing thing have I learned about what girls experience when they snap photos of themselves reflecting upon themselves that are intended to be shared with the world?

Katie Warfield is faculty in the Department of Journalism and Communication at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey BC. She is an authority on selfies in Canada and director of the Making SelfiesMarking Self Research Project, which explores the production and curation of selfies by diverse groups of young Canadian women. She teaches classes in communication theory, popular culture, and media and diversity. Her interests in interdisciplinary design and visual culture emerge from academic training and professional experience with cultural policy, cultural studies, architecture, urban design, and fashion design. Her interest in teaching and learning come from being a mother of two very curious children who are teaching her to look at the world in different ways every single day. She proudly integrates visual culture, post structuralism, phenomenology, and feminist theory into just about everything she teaches, writes, and says.

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Walter Peretiatko

This is gobbledygook and not even original gobbledygook.  She is reciting her lecture notes and it's not compelling or convincing.

14/05/2015
katie warfield

Thanks for your thoughts you two!  Much appreciated.

04/11/2014
Funandconsciousness

Well perceived, thoughtfelt through, and presented, Katie.  My wife is almost 64, loves taking selfies and curating them.  I am a 66 year old photographer who is well aware of what the camera does and how things tend to be presented, yet I have always sought uniqueness and authenticity.  I truly enjoy my wife's 'obsession' with her selfies, much as I enjoyed your talk!  Carry on.

04/11/2014
Animesh Sharma

"But the conundrum is, that the part of ourselves we so desperately want to see our face-the established icon of our identity is the one part of our self we will never see with our own eyes."... what an irony... 

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