“Give me the glass, and therein will I read”- Richard II, Act IV, Scene I
“In the last 10 years, we have seen a rise in selfishness: selfies, self-absorbed people, superficiality, self-degradation, apathy, and self-destruction. So I challenge all of you to take initiative to change this programming. Instead of celebrating the ego, let's flip the script and celebrate the heart. Let's put the ego and celebrity culture to sleep, and awaken the conscience. This is the battle we must all fight together to win back our humanity. To save our future and our children.” - Suzy Kassem
Where has the rise of the selfie come from? Has it created a nation of narcissists? Does taking selfies automatically make you self-obsessed? Are selfies producing a world of individuals instead of communities? Do selfies boost esteem or trash it? Are selfies a phase - or is this the future?
Inspired by Shakespeare’s most narcissistic royal, this Almeida Questions panel interrogates the age of self-obsession and the consequences of having mirrors at our fingertips.