Using 'The Selfie' To Protest

Dec 21, 2016

Negar Mottahedeh is an associate professor of the literature program at Duke University
Credit Golbarg Bashi

It's easy to think of a "selfie" as a narcissistic way to accrue "likes" on social media and  flaunt your latest traveling adventures. But every "selfie" tells a story about the photographer's world.

Negar Mottahedeh, associate professor of literature at Duke University in Durham, says taking a selfie is a humanizing way to document history in the age of social media. In a recent speech at TEDxDurham, Mottahedeh illustrated the ways selfies can be used as tools for protest and citizen journalism.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Mottahedeh about the history of the selfie and why people are quick to judge the photographs.​​

Note: This is a rebroadcast. This program originally aired July 13, 2016.