TIME MAG: MAKATI WITH PASIG TOP LIST OF 'SELFIEST CITY IN THE WORLD'

Makati City beats Manhattan in “selfie” activity among social media users, Time magazine online said on Tuesday. “Makati City, known as the financial center of the Philippines, can now boast another distinction: It is the Selfie Capital of the World,” Time editor Chris Wilson said in a post on the magazine’s website. The Philippines’ financial capital also beat Paris, London, Las Vegas and other power cities in the ranking for “Selfiest Cities in the World,” Time said. Four other Philippine cities made the list: Cebu, ranked ninth; Baguio, 16th; Quezon City, 59th; and Iloilo, 72nd. “An examination of hundreds of thousands of selfies—the low-fi, self-shot photographs that are intensely popular among younger social media users—suggests that the city, part of Metro Manila and home to 500,000 people, produces more selfies per capita than any other city in the world,” it said. “It’s not surprising,” Joey Salgado, spokesperson of the Makati City government, said in a text message. “First, on work days you can find over 3 million cell phone-equipped office employees, shoppers and visitors in Makati.” He said the city, especially its central business district, has many Wi-Fi hotspots. “So it’s easy to upload selfies,” Salgado said. “We have interesting and safe places to visit for dining and entertainment, events and well-known personalities that one bumps into every day. Perfect for those selfies.” * READ MORE...

ALSO: Pope Francis ‘selfie’ goes viral on social media

Pope Francis has broken protocol once again, appearing with a puzzled look on his face in a “selfie” photo taken with a group of teenagers visiting the Vatican. The picture appeared on the Facebook page of one of the youngsters, who used it as his profile picture, and was going viral on social media on Saturday.
The picture comes in the same week that the Oxford English Dictionary included the word “selfie” to denote a self-taken photograph on a smartphone. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Ellen Degeneres’ Oscars selfie gets ‘Simpsonized’

An epic selfie may crash Twitter, but it cannot escape the Simpson treatment. After Ellen Degeneres’ Oscars selfie caused Twitter to implode, Matt Groening worked his yellow pen to create a “Simpsonized” version of the legendary photograph. Groening’s version, which was posted on the official Twitter page of The Simpsons Wednesday morning, features all of the original actors, with the addition of characters Bart Simpson, whom a Simpsonized Meryl Streep blocked, and Homer Simpson, whom Bradley Cooper kicked to get out of the photo. “The ugly true story of that Oscar® selfie can finally be told! Let’s break Twitter again. Look for Bart,” the Homer Simpson Twitter account said on its post.
Degeneres’ selfie, which was the cause of Twitter’s crash, was retweeted 3.2 million times to surpass the former record of 781,000 from Barack Obama’s page after the United States President won for his second term. On the original selfie were, Degeneres, Cooper, Streep, Jennifer Lawrene, a full Jared Leto, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, and her brother Junior. THIS IS THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: When Did Group Pictures Become 'Selfies'?

The answer has more to do with language than photography. It has been four short months since Oxford Dictionaries editors declared "selfie" their word of the year for 2013, but already the word’s meaning is shifting. A selfie, it seems, is no longer just "a photograph that one has taken of oneself," but a photo that features the picture-taker. For instance, Ellen Degeneres' now-famous Oscars selfie was not actually hers, but Bradley Cooper's. He was the one holding the camera phone. Besides, it wasn't a simple self-portrait but a group shot with a dozen people in it. (That's not a "selfie," but a "group selfie" or a "groupie," some have suggested.) What is happening to the selfie? * READ MORE...

ALSO: 2013 is year of the e-cigarrette and ‘selfie’

PARIS – E-cigarettes replaced nicotine patches, grunge returned to the catwalk, Daft Punk swept dance floors and the “selfie” made it into the dictionary. Here are some of the lifestyle trends of 2013: – The scene at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service served as confirmation – if any were needed — of the selfie’s newfound place in the English language. As the ceremony for the anti-apartheid hero who died earlier in December dragged on, US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt were captured posing for a self portrait like a group of excited teenagers. Another of the year’s most memorable selfies was by Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano who photographed himself in space outside the International Space Station capturing the Earth’s reflection in his visor. Originally a social media buzzword, “selfie” was named word of the year in November and admitted to the online version of the Oxford English dictionary. It is defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” Its evolution into the mainstream combined with a “phenomenal upward trend” in its use warranted its inclusion in the dictionary, Oxford Dictionaries said. – Touted as “the real thing minus the tar, ash, smoke and most toxins,” e-cigarettes took off as an alternative to tobacco. The battery-powered devices come with tips that light up and glow with the aid of an LED. Smoke appears to waft from them but it is in fact water vapor. * READ MORE...

ALSO: Girl dies after falling off stairs while taking selfie—police

MANILA, Philippines — Deadly selfie? A high school student died after falling off the stairs of her school while taking selfies with her classmates, police said Thursday. Selfie, according to Oxford Dictionaries, is a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. The 14-year-old student of Rizal High School in Pasig City sustained head injuries after her fall from a steep flight of stairs in her school, Senior Superintendent Mario Razisa of Pasig City Police said. Razisa said the victim felt dizzy and lost balance while she was taking selfies with her classmates. He said the accident occurred 10:21 a.m. Monday, June 30. According to him, the incident happened during class hours but the teacher was not around so the students took the opportunity to take photographs of themselves. * READ MORE..


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Makati, Pasig top list of ‘Selfiest Cities in the World’
 


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MANILA
, JULY 6, 2014 (INQUIRER) By Inquirer Social Media, Nestor Corrales, Niña Calleja - Makati City beats Manhattan in “selfie” activity among social media users, Time magazine online said on Tuesday.

“Makati City, known as the financial center of the Philippines, can now boast another distinction: It is the Selfie Capital of the World,” Time editor Chris Wilson said in a post on the magazine’s website.

The Philippines’ financial capital also beat Paris, London, Las Vegas and other power cities in the ranking for “Selfiest Cities in the World,” Time said.

“An examination of hundreds of thousands of selfies—the low-fi, self-shot photographs that are intensely popular among younger social media users—suggests that the city, part of Metro Manila and home to 500,000 people, produces more selfies per capita than any other city in the world,” it said.

“It’s not surprising,” Joey Salgado, spokesperson of the Makati City government, said in a text message. “First, on work days you can find over 3 million cell phone-equipped office employees, shoppers and visitors in Makati.”

He said the city, especially its central business district, has many Wi-Fi hotspots.

“So it’s easy to upload selfies,” Salgado said. “We have interesting and safe places to visit for dining and entertainment, events and well-known personalities that one bumps into every day. Perfect for those selfies.”

* To investigate the geography of selfie-taking, Time built a database of more than 400,000 Instagram photos tagged “selfie” that included geographic coordinates. In total, Time said it ranked 459 cities to determine the selfiest places on earth.

Makati and Pasig City topped the list with 258 selfie-takers per 100,000 people, the report said.

Second was Manhattan in New York City—the home of Times Square, Broadway and Wall Street—with 202 selfie-takers per 100,000 people.

Miami in Florida was third in the Top 10, registering 155 selfie-takers per 100,000 people.

Four other Philippine cities made the list: Cebu, ranked ninth; Baguio, 16th; Quezon City, 59th; and Iloilo, 72nd.

The photos used in the ranking were downloaded from the Instagram API in two sets of five days: from Jan. 28 to Feb.2, and March 3 to 7, Time said.

For every city in the world of at least 250,000 residents, Time said it counted the number of selfies taken within 5 miles and divided by the population of that city.

“Not all photos tagged as “selfie” are in fact selfies,” the report also said.

The Selfiest Cities in the World, according to Time:

1. Makati and Pasig, Philippines 258 selfie-takers per 100,000 people

2. Manhattan, New York 202 selfie-takers per 100,000 people

3. Miami, Florida 155 selfie-takers per 100,000 people

4. Anaheim and Santa Ana, California 147 selfie-takers per 100,000 people

5. Petaling Jaya, Malaysia 141 selfie-takers per 100,000 people

6. Tel Aviv, Israel 139 selfie-takers per 100,000 people

7. Manchester, England 114 selfie-takers per 100,000 people

8. Milan, Italy 108 selfie-takers per 100,000 people

9. Cebu, Philippines 99 selfie-takers per 100,000 people

10. Georgetown, Malaysia 95 selfie-takers per 100,000 people
With Nestor Corrales, INQUIRER.net

Pope Francis ‘selfie’ goes viral on social media Agence France-Presse3:42 pm | Saturday, August 31st, 2013


In this Aug. 28, 2013 file photo provided Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis has his picture taken inside St. Peter’s Basilica with youths from the Italian Diocese of Piacenza and Bobbio who came to Rome for a pilgrimage, at the Vatican. The pontiff had a private audience with 500 youths from the diocese. AP

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has broken protocol once again, appearing with a puzzled look on his face in a “selfie” photo taken with a group of teenagers visiting the Vatican.

The picture appeared on the Facebook page of one of the youngsters, who used it as his profile picture, and was going viral on social media on Saturday.

The picture comes in the same week that the Oxford English Dictionary included the word “selfie” to denote a self-taken photograph on a smartphone.

* The young believers were part of a church group from northern Italy who met with the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics on Wednesday and were seen going up to him afterwards to take their photo.

“There is no marketing behind these actions. The pope clearly likes being with people while his predecessor liked being with books,” said Beppe Severgnini, columnist for the Corriere della Sera daily.

The 76-year-old pope, Latin America’s first pontiff, has repeatedly broken with Vatican tradition since being elected in March, including regularly picking up the phone and calling ordinary people who write to him.

The photo prompted bemused reactions on Twitter, with one user saying “Now I’ve seen everything” and another quipping: “It’s the end of the world as we know it.”

One unenthused tweeter commented: “Just because Pope Francis poses for a ‘selfie’, doesn’t make it okay!”

Ellen Degeneres’ Oscars selfie gets ‘Simpsonized’ By Bong Lozada |INQUIRER.net3:57 pm | Wednesday, March 5th, 2014


A YELLOW SELFIE Simpsons creator Matt Groening gave his own version of the Oscars selfie with Bart partially hidden and Homer being kicked to keep out of the photo. Screengrab from The Simpsons Twitter account

MANILA, Philippines—An epic selfie may crash Twitter, but it cannot escape the Simpson treatment.

After Ellen Degeneres’ Oscars selfie caused Twitter to implode, Matt Groening worked his yellow pen to create a “Simpsonized” version of the legendary photograph.

Groening’s version, which was posted on the official Twitter page of The Simpsons Wednesday morning, features all of the original actors, with the addition of characters Bart Simpson, whom a Simpsonized Meryl Streep blocked, and Homer Simpson, whom Bradley Cooper kicked to get out of the photo.

“The ugly true story of that Oscar® selfie can finally be told! Let’s break Twitter again. Look for Bart,” the Homer Simpson Twitter account said on its post.

Degeneres’ selfie, which was the cause of Twitter’s crash, was retweeted 3.2 million times to surpass the former record of 781,000 from Barack Obama’s page after the United States President won for his second term.

On the original selfie were, Degeneres, Cooper, Streep, Jennifer Lawrene, a full Jared Leto, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, and her brother Junior.

FROM THE ATLANTIC.COM

When Did Group Pictures Become 'Selfies'? ADRIENNE LAFRANCEMAR 25 2014, 2:01 PM ET

The answer has more to do with language than photography.


SNIPSHOT OF ELLEN'S EPIC TWEET.

It has been four short months since Oxford Dictionaries editors declared "selfie" their word of the year for 2013, but already the word’s meaning is shifting.

A selfie, it seems, is no longer just "a photograph that one has taken of oneself," but a photo that features the picture-taker.

For instance, Ellen Degeneres' now-famous Oscars selfie was not actually hers, but Bradley Cooper's. He was the one holding the camera phone.

Besides, it wasn't a simple self-portrait but a group shot with a dozen people in it. (That's not a "selfie," but a "group selfie" or a "groupie," some have suggested.)

What is happening to the selfie?

* At first glance, it seems it may be turning into what linguist Ben Zimmer calls an "anachronym," a word or phrase that remains in usage even as behaviors change.

"The accumulated cultural knowledge of past technologies ends up powerfully shaping the way we talk about new technologies," Zimmer told me. "Think about the terms that we use for telephones, for instance. We still talk about 'dialing.' And we talk about 'taping' something even if it's on the DVR. Sometimes what we're left with is language that's sort of obsolete."

Consensus on language tends to lag behind behaviors. We do things first, and then we figure out ways to describe them.

Plenty of technology companies have noticed this pattern and tried to game it. It's why you hear a brand like Bing trying to encourage use of its name as a verb, the way we talk about googling, xeroxing and instagramming.

Microsoft even paid for “Bing it” dialogue in episodes of Gossip Girl. But most of the language we use to describe technology evolves from the ground up.

"Terms that relate to communication technology may start off as being rather technical and obscure," Zimmer said. "They become mainstream because people need a term to refer to the things we're doing, so they get clipped or shortened to various diminutive forms."

Before email, we had "electronic mail," which was also the term used to describe faxes in their early days.

"Moving pictures" turned into "motion pictures" and "movies."

(And a word of caution to those who keep declaring "peak selfie:" In 1925, The New York Times decided "the moving picture is now at the zenith of its power.")

Early coverage of the television refers to "visual broadcasts," "broadcast pictures," and "radio sight." As time goes on, we find ways to simplify clunkier and more descriptive terms.

"You can't really dictate these things," Zimmer said. "There can be a lot of flux early-on, a lot of competing usage. But when people have already fixed on one particular term, it's hard to displace it with something else. And so that's why we sometimes get older or more anachronistic terms sticking around. Then you have the conservative forces of language, which serve to create a sort of inertia around those terms until the next wave."

This helps explain what’s happening with “selfie” because the word has been established, even as the thing itself continues to evolve.

Selfies tell dramatic stories:

They serve as visual trail-markers:

Even the photos that clearly aren’t self-taken but evoke selfies compositionally are called selfies, like the close-up shots of animals in this BuzzFeed list of selfies, for example.

And as selfies become more culturally ingrained, we’ve also seen more photographs of selfies — images that reveal the moment of the selfie as it’s being taken, but not the photographic result. (See: Photos of selfies of Meryl Streep and Hillary Clinton, Bill de Blasio and the New York City press corps, etc.)

Is it still a selfie if you use a selfie stick to hold the camera farther away than at arm's length?

"I feel that the selfie definition would insist on you holding the camera and you being in the photo, but it could also accommodate others," said Ben Yagoda, a journalism professor at the University of Delaware who has written several books about language.

Is it still a selfie is you use a timer and the camera sits 20 feet away from its subject? "There has to be a board of people to decide these things!" Yagoda said.

But the weird thing about the "selfie," is that turning a camera on oneself isn’t a new behavior.

Instead, we're taking a new word and folding it back onto the way we describe an old practice. In the same way that there were listicles long before BuzzFeed came along (we just didn't call them that before), selfies were being snapped for decades before the Facebook generation was even born.

Consider the 1950s selfie that Colin Powell recently shared:


General Colin L. Powell Throwback Thursday - I was doing selfies 60 years before you Facebook folks. Eat your heart out Ellen! The Ellen DeGeneres Show LikeLike · · Share · March 13 · Edited

Or this 1920 shot of five photographers on the roof of a studio in New York City. The "self-portrait" aspect of a selfie isn't what distinguishes it from earlier forms.

After all, self portraiture predates photography by centuries. Even Michelangelo painted himself onto the walls of the Sistine Chapel, some art historians believe.

A selfie isn't just "a photograph that one has taken of oneself," but also tends to be "taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website," as the editors at Oxford Dictionaries put it.

That part is key because it reinforces the reason why we needed to come up with a new name for this kind of self-portraiture in the first place.

Think of it this way: A selfie isn’t fundamentally about the photographer's relationship with the camera, it's about the photographer’s relationship with an audience. In other words, selfies are more parts communication than self-admiration (though there’s a healthy dose of that, too).

The vantage point isn't new; the form of publishing is.

This explains why we call the photo from the Oscars “Ellen’s selfie” — because she was the one who published it.

Selfies tether the photographer to the subject of the photo and to its distribution. What better way to visually represent the larger shift from observation to interaction in publishing power?

Ultimately, selfies are a way of communicating narrative autonomy. They demonstrate the agency of the person behind the lens, by simultaneously putting that person in front of it.

FROM THE INQUIRER

2013 is year of the e-cig and ‘selfie’ Agence France-Presse
2:19 pm | Sunday, December 15th, 2013


US President Barack Obama (right) and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose for a picture with Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt (center) next to US First Lady Michelle Obama during the memorial service of South African former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. AFP FILE PHOTO

PARIS – E-cigarettes replaced nicotine patches, grunge returned to the catwalk, Daft Punk swept dance floors and the “selfie” made it into the dictionary.

Here are some of the lifestyle trends of 2013:

– The scene at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service served as confirmation – if any were needed — of the selfie’s newfound place in the English language.

As the ceremony for the anti-apartheid hero who died earlier in December dragged on, US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt were captured posing for a self portrait like a group of excited teenagers.

Another of the year’s most memorable selfies was by Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano who photographed himself in space outside the International Space Station capturing the Earth’s reflection in his visor.

Originally a social media buzzword, “selfie” was named word of the year in November and admitted to the online version of the Oxford English dictionary.

It is defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”

Its evolution into the mainstream combined with a “phenomenal upward trend” in its use warranted its inclusion in the dictionary, Oxford Dictionaries said.

– Touted as “the real thing minus the tar, ash, smoke and most toxins,” e-cigarettes took off as an alternative to tobacco.

The battery-powered devices come with tips that light up and glow with the aid of an LED.

Smoke appears to waft from them but it is in fact water vapor.

* Singer Robbie Williams and Twilight actor Robert Pattinson are among the famous names reported to have tried them out.

Like traditional cigarettes, they deliver nicotine but experts say there are only trace amounts of the other toxic chemicals to which smokers are habitually exposed.

The jury is still out on whether they pose other yet-to-emerge hazards to health. But their popularity is not in doubt.

Sales have doubled in the US each year since 2008 and were predicted to reach $1 billion (750,000 euros) in 2013.

Grunge is back

– On the catwalk, Saint Laurent’s cult designer Hedi Slimane served up helpings of grunge, prompting a mixture of consternation and rave reviews.

Dismissed as nothing new by some critics, his creations, however, have a habit of taking off.

The designer, who helped give the world skinny jeans and was at the helm of Christian Dior menswear until 2007, is considered among the most influential of his generation.

His babydoll dresses teamed with sloppy cardigans, biker boots and heavy khol-lined eyes divided fashion watchers, many of whom feel Slimane’s designs are “just not Yves Saint Laurent.”

Betty Catroux, a muse of the late designer and founder of the fashion house, however, jumped to his defense.

“He has completely understood the spirit of Saint Laurent,” she said after what she conceded was a “very young” womenswear collection in March.

Others were not so sure, with industry journal Women’s Wear Daily calling the collection “interesting to the point of odd.”

– “Twerking,” another new entry into the Oxford Dictionary online, exploded into the mainstream when former Disney child star Miley Cyrus did the dance at the MTV video music awards in August.

Cyrus’s sexually suggestive performance at an event with a family audience outraged middle America.

Restricted to teenagers and performers for now, it was defined by Oxford Dictionaries as to “dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.”

It is believed to have originated in US hip-hop music culture via the New Orleans bounce music scene.

‘Electronic music in its comfort zone’

– In music, French electronic duo Daft Punk, made up of musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, made a triumphant return to the music charts.

“Random Access Memories,” the duo’s fourth album since 1997 in May went into the US Billboard 200 album chart at number one.

The first single from the album, “Get Lucky,” co-written by Chic’s Nile Rodgers and featuring vocals from US rapper Pharrell Williams, was a top 10 hit in over 30 countries.

Daft Punk fever even made it to the remote Australian town of Wee Waa, population just 1,653, which was chosen for the album launch.

Thousands of people, many in the duo’s trademark robot helmets, descended on the far-flung town where the local butchery entered into the spirit by crafting Daft Pork sausages and Random Access rissoles.

“Electronic music right now is in its comfort zone and it’s not moving one inch,” Bangalter told Rolling Stone magazine.

Move over Facebook

– The moreish, absorbing Candy Crush Saga became an online gaming sensation with its brightly colored exploding sweets.

Players attempt to line up three or more sweets such as yellow lemon drops, orange lozenges and red jelly beans before progressing to higher levels.

Each day, with some 700 million games of Candy Crush played, the game has been racking up sales of $850,000.

As online games grew in popularity, offline games were expected to record an irreversible decline in 2013.

– Asian social networks emerged as rivals to American giants Facebook and Skype.

China’s WeChat and Japan’s Line, which let users make free calls, send instant messages, photos and short videos, roll together attributes from Facebook, Skype and messaging applications WhatsApp.

Line which has 230 million users including 47 million in Japan and 15 million already in Spain signaled its determination to conquer Europe with a public relations offensive in France and Italy.

Line has hooked many users with its “stickers” – funny, cartoon-like figures that express emotions in a way deemed far more original and fun than traditional emoticons.

WeChat, meanwhile allows users to post figures that move about dancing, blowing kisses or punching the air.

Both networks supply a selection of “stickers” that users have to pay for, representing 30 percent of Line’s overall turnover.

WeChat is already translated into 19 languages and has 500 million users including 100 million outside China.

Girl dies after falling off stairs while taking selfie—police By Nestor Corrales |INQUIRER.net 2:44 pm | Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Deadly selfie?

A high school student died after falling off the stairs of her school while taking selfies with her classmates, police said Thursday.

Selfie, according to Oxford Dictionaries, is a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.

The 14-year-old student of Rizal High School in Pasig City sustained head injuries after her fall from a steep flight of stairs in her school, Senior Superintendent Mario Razisa of Pasig City Police said.

Razisa said the victim felt dizzy and lost balance while she was taking selfies with her classmates.

He said the accident occurred 10:21 a.m. Monday, June 30.

According to him, the incident happened during class hours but the teacher was not around so the students took the opportunity to take photographs of themselves.

* According to the police report, the school’s security guard said the victim was rushed to the school clinic and was later transferred to a nearby hospital.

The victim, however, was declared dead on arrival.

A separate radio report said the family of the victim was in doubt of the real cause of the death of their daughter.

The report said the student sustained head injury, bruises, and a broken rib that hit her kidney.

The family urged the school administration to conduct an in-depth investigation.

Police said they were now conducting a probe on the said incident.

Pasig City, along with Makati, topped the list of the “selfiest cities in the world” according to a study by Time Magazine online released last March.

FROM MANILA.COCONUTS.CO BLOG


News5 reports that a 14-year-old girl named Marie Rocello, who was a third year high school student at the Rizal High School in Pasig, died on Monday, June 30, after she fell down the stairs while she was taking a selfie with a friend.

The girl was taken to the hospital but it was already too late.

The autopsy later showed that she had hit head and her broken rib had punctured her kidney. The girl's family thinks, though, that the school has to have a more organized response to an emergency.


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