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How Politicians Killed The Selfie

I like taking selfies. These guys should have not ruined it for the rest of us.

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Then suddenly:

If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars

Ellen DeGeneres@TheEllenShow

If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars

10:06 PM - 2 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Someone in the press shop yells: "Hey! We should have them do one of those self-photo things that all the kids are doing."

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"It will make us look cool and relevant!"

Don't believe me? Read this tweet:

.@TheEllenShow inspired @MarkWarner and me to take some selfies w/ VA small business owners at our coffee this AM

Senator Tim Kaine@timkaine

.@TheEllenShow inspired @MarkWarner and me to take some selfies w/ VA small business owners at our coffee this AM

10:19 AM - 6 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Honestly, it is just really, really awkward to watch.

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We don't care if some kid just runs up to you and wants a selfie because you're famous.

So I got a selfie with Mitt Romney.

You're just being nice.

Took a selfie with the president of France && @Foreverjadaa_

#NoFucksGiven@_MissStoner

Took a selfie with the president of France && @Foreverjadaa_ 🇫🇷

10:33 AM - 11 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It is when you just take one in your boring day for no reason and force it on us.

Congressional selfie. About to go in Bloomberg TV. Tune on in!

Jim Himes@jahimes

Congressional selfie. About to go in Bloomberg TV. Tune on in!

11:43 AM - 31 Jul 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

I mean, we know you have staffers who can take that picture for you.

Cosham bowls club survives despite PCC withdrawing support.They want you to know they are looking for new members :)

Penny Mordaunt MP@PennyMordauntMP

Cosham bowls club survives despite PCC withdrawing support.They want you to know they are looking for new members :)

10:35 AM - 12 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

You clearly have a staffer available to take a photo of you taking a selfie.

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But you just want to ruin the selfie for the rest of us.

A Manuel Barroso European Parliament selfie?! The world's gone mad

Felicity Morse@FelicityMorse

A Manuel Barroso European Parliament selfie?! The world's gone mad

02:34 AM - 17 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Don't we have enough photos of you already?

.@TheEllenShow- No Brad Cooper but 3 Clintons & a Kimmel @BillClinton @HillaryClinton @ChelseaClinton #selfie

Jimmy Kimmel@jimmykimmel

.@TheEllenShow- No Brad Cooper but 3 Clintons & a Kimmel @BillClinton @HillaryClinton @ChelseaClinton #selfie

10:21 PM - 22 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Or from this angle?

Grabbed a quick selfie with the PM as he left our studios last night #ultimateselfie

A L E X Dolan@lex_dolan

Grabbed a quick selfie with the PM as he left our studios last night #ultimateselfie

09:14 AM - 18 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

We DO NOT mind if you take a selfie that actually has personality.

First #selfie! Great to see the kids from the Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences in DC today.

Tim Scott@SenatorTimScott

First #selfie! Great to see the kids from the Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences in DC today.

04:33 PM - 9 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Or if you are somewhere super cool we didn't know you were.

This weekend I joined the USS New Mexico to learn about our Navy's mission in the arctic...had to snap a #selfie

Senator Angus King@SenAngusKing

This weekend I joined the USS New Mexico to learn about our Navy's mission in the arctic...had to snap a #selfie

06:03 PM - 23 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Or if it is really pretty out.

Had so much fun signwaving this am in Kailua. Go vote tomorrow!! #votetulsi #hi02

Tulsi Gabbard@TulsiGabbard

Had so much fun signwaving this am in Kailua. Go vote tomorrow!! #votetulsi #hi02

03:59 PM - 10 Aug 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

But it is a problem when you bring the selfie into your boring life just to ruin it for all of us.

@ChrisMurphyCT and @SenBlumenthal kick off #NationalLibraryWeek with the first #HPseLfie! http://t.co/LlxjOQyxBd

Hartford Pub Library@HPLCT

@ChrisMurphyCT and @SenBlumenthal kick off #NationalLibraryWeek with the first #HPseLfie! http://t.co/LlxjOQyxBd

11:42 AM - 14 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Or when it is clearly a promotional gag, David Ortiz.

What an honor! Thanks for the #selfie, @BarackObama

David Ortiz@davidortiz

What an honor! Thanks for the #selfie, @BarackObama

12:25 PM - 1 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

This is actually what we are all thinking:

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The selfie is meant to be unpolished.

It's a unique social tool that we enjoy because it connects the user and the audience in an unpolished, personal, and often impromptu way. When your selfie goes through bureaucratic levels of office approval and hand-wringing, it saps the very nature that made the selfie a cultural phenomenon in the first place. This certainly is not the first time that an entity of the government has reached out for online relevance and fallen short, and it certainly will not be the last.

Most of us just wish politicians continued using the technology they are most comfortable with.

Just had a meeting with Rep. Sensenbrenner. He was typing a letter. This is how he does it. Seriously.

Paul Ryan@PRyan

Just had a meeting with Rep. Sensenbrenner. He was typing a letter. This is how he does it. Seriously.

06:43 PM - 9 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

So good-bye forever, selfie.

Dictators take selfies these days. So, unless you're just being nice or doing something cool, just stop.

هرچه از دوست رسد نیکوست

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad@DrAhmadinejad

هرچه از دوست رسد نیکوست

08:13 AM - 16 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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