THE SELFIE

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - LETTERS -

I have just pur­chased and be­gun read­ing the Jan­uary 2014 is­sue. I am truly shocked that the ar­ti­cle en­ti­tled ‘The Big­gest Sto­ries of 2014’ has Madiba’s health as its sec­ond most news­wor­thy story of 2013. How can the ‘selfie’ be more note­wor­thy than Madiba’s health? We saw this coun­try, and in­deed the world, come to a stand­still upon his death.When it re­ally comes down to it, this made far more news, and im­pact, than a Mi­ley Cyrus selfie. I’m truly dis­ap­pointed that any­thing be­sides Madiba’s health and death could be con­sid­ered more news­wor­thy.What a pity, and per­haps a re­flec­tion of so­ci­ety’s self-cen­tred ex­hi­bi­tion­ism. – Me­gan Fraser

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