On November 20, 6 free workshops were offered online by RÉCIT in order to introduce educational actors to various themes that can be explored within the framework of the Digital education action plan. The recordings of these workshops as well as the resources presented are available on the RÉCIT website.
I had the chance to experience the workshop #Selfies - Who are we online? Who are we, online? of Tracy rosen. For the occasion, she brought to life different situations that allowed participants to take a different look at the selfie, this photo-taking practice well established among young and old, by participating in three stations.
Much more than a photo
For my first station, I was invited to listen to a video that featured 6.5 years of a young woman's life in a selfie. In these photos, annotations explained a bit of his life. Then I had to participate in the discussion by trying to answer the following questions:
- Do selfies really represent someone?
- Why or why not? What can selfies say about our culture?
This exercise allowed me to realize that the selfie has a superficial character in itself. You can make him say what you want. Whether you are happy, excited, unhappy, tired, in pain or on your X, it is easy to share a self-image that is very different from reality.
This is why I believe it is important to broach the subject with young people. The selfie cannot define us with one click. We are human beings with our qualities, our faults, our challenges, our complexities. To feel good with yourself, authenticity is the key in my opinion.
For teens who are on a quest for identity in the digital age, it is quite a challenge to distinguish the true from the false, the fake from the authentic ...
You can consult feedback from participants here.
The selfie with a social vocation
The second station proposed by Ms. Rosen made me realize that it was possible to use the selfie beyond just taking a selfie: to raise awareness.
I discovered two young people who chose this type of photography to educate people and encourage them to hear their message, to become aware of the problem they are experiencing and to take action. I then completed the questionnaire to express myself on the subject.
I believe that presenting the selfie to young people as a way to express themselves, to denounce, to dare to want to change things is an example of the power of the tool they have in their hands every day, every day. hour, every minute, every second.
One participant put it so well: " Young people need to understand the “power” they have from their phones to change the world. "
You can join the discussion here.
By the presentation of different works featuring selfies, I wondered about the artistic aspect of the thing. Since photography is an art in itself, it goes without saying that the selfie also falls into this category. Looking at the fruit of the work of the artists presented, we come to notice that this art has no limit but our creativity!
You can consult presentation here.
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Great resources about the #selfie by Tracy Rose: