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‘#SELFIE’ Is the Song of the Instagram Generation

March 28, 2014 at 11:24 AM

selfieHave you heard the "Selfie Song" that's sweeping the Internet? Many people believe that the Selfie song captures Generation Y. Read on to learn about it and watch the music video below to judge for yourself! This article was originally published on Yahoo Tech by Jason O. Gilbert.

Every once in a great while, a song emerges to capture an era, a scene, a way of life. Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” defined grunge music in Seattle in the 1990s; “Stayin’ Alive,” and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack from the Bee Gees, crystallized disco in the ’70s. 

Now, the self-centered, social network-centric Internet era has its own defining jam: It’s called “#SELFIE,” and, yes, the hashtag is part of the title. The song, from New York City DJ duo The Chainsmokers, perfectly encapsulates the Instagram-obsessed, nightclub-hopping, selfie-posing twentysomethings who take over large swaths of New York, Los Angeles and other lounge-friendly metropolises on Friday and Saturday nights.

The music itself is standard dance club fare: propulsive synths, insistent beat and a huge buildup to the bass drop.

The song’s lyrics, however, are what really shine here. They arrive in the form of a spoken-word performance by a vapid, club-going woman, who recites half of an apparent dialogue with her friend over the course of a night out. She complains about how few likes her Instagram photos are getting; she contemplates the best filter for her photos; and, again and again, she excuses herself from the conversation to take a selfie. 

You can listen to the song and watch the video below (WARNING: some NSFW language, images and David Hasselhoff):

 

You can buy The Chainsmokers’ song on iTunes. Now, if you’ll excuse me: Let me take a selfie. 

Read the full article here.

                                     
Tim Woda

Written by Tim Woda

Tim Woda is an Internet safety expert, and a passionate advocate for empowering families and protecting children from today’s scariest digital dangers. Woda was on the founding team of buySAFE, an Internet trust and safety company, and he started working on child safety issues after his son was targeted by a child predator online. While his son was unharmed, the incident led Woda to kick-start uKnow.com. You can follow Tim on Twitter or on his blog.

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