Mike Rugnetta of the PBS Idea Channel defends the seflie as a new, and different, form of communication in the segment. No shame in the selfie game, people. 

Despite being possibly the world’s most annoying habit, selfies are undeniably a major part of modern visual language. They may be the lowest common denominator of the art of photography, but they are also a legit form of communication (“a picture is worth a thousand words” comes to mind). But maybe all the hate comes from a confusion about what selfies actually are! Is it possible they’re not actually “photographs” but a totally different form of communication?

[via LaughingSquid]