“It’s contradictory,” she says. “The selfie isn’t just a portrait. It has its own codes and rules, and the main one is that a selfie has to have been taken by hand. An authentic selfie should show it was taken with your arm extended—that’s a sort of signature.” And, she explains, the use of a selfie stick removes that particular element from the frame.
Meanwhile, when I finished my jury service, everyone insisted that we needed a “jury duty selfie” by which they meant they we would grab a stranger on the courthouse steps and hand her our phones so she could take a group shot of the ten of us.
She can testify against her father, or not. She said she felt fine about her decision, but spent 45 minutes weeping over Hello Kitty silly bands that won’t lie flat. I wish I knew how to fix it.