Sublime selfies : to witness death

Show simple item record Du Preez, Amanda 2018-11-27T07:38:23Z 2018-11-27T07:38:23Z 2018
dc.description.abstract Selfies have become more dangerous than sharks, if the 15 reported selfie deaths in 2015 are compared to the 8 shark attacks in the same year. Determining the exact parameters for a selfie death or death by selfie is difficult; in some cases one may argue that the selfie is not the cause of death but in fact only occurs tragically before the event. The focus of this article falls on those selfies that were taken in pursuit of experiencing a sublime encounter with mortality and that in the end succeeded in evoking that looming encounter. It is argued that the obsession to experience the inexplicable is however not a recent endeavour, and the sublime is a useful aesthetic category to unpack the phenomenon of selfie deaths. In the analysis, three categories are identified to interpret the subject, namely selfies unknowingly taken before death; selfies of death where the takers death is almost witnessed; and selfies with death where the taker stands by while someone else dies. The emphasis falls on the analysis of selfies of death that overlaps with the sublime experience almost entirely and it becomes nearly impossible to distinguish between selfie and sublimity. en_ZA
dc.description.department Visual Arts en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hj2018 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Du Preez, A. 2018, 'Sublime selfies : to witness death', European Journal of Cultural Studies, NYP. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1367-5494 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1460-3551 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1177/1367549417718210
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Sage en_ZA
dc.rights © The Author(s) 2017 en_ZA
dc.subject Selfies en_ZA
dc.subject Sublime en_ZA
dc.subject Suicide en_ZA
dc.subject Death by selfie en_ZA
dc.subject Social media en_ZA
dc.subject Culture of extremes en_ZA
dc.title Sublime selfies : to witness death en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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