Selfie

How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It's Doing to Us

4.3 based on 9 ratings & 1 reviews on Goodreads.com
Macmillan Digital Audio

Publication date: 15.06.2017
ISBN: 9781509844692
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

We live in the age of the individual.

We are supposed to be slim, prosperous, happy, extroverted and popular. This is our culture’s image of the perfect self. We see this person everywhere: in advertising, in the press, all over social media. We’re told that to be this person you just have to follow your dreams, that our potential is limitless, that we are the source of our own success.

But this model of the perfect self can be extremely dangerous. People are suffering under the torture of this impossible fantasy. Unprecedented social pressure is leading to increases in depression and suicide. Where does this ideal come from? Why is it so powerful? Is there any way to break its spell?

To answer these questions, Selfie by Will Storr takes us from the shores of Ancient Greece, through the Christian Middle Ages, to the self-esteem evangelists of 1980s California, the rise of narcissism and the selfie generation, and right up to the era of hyper-individualistic neoliberalism in which we live now.

It tells the extraordinary story of the person we all know so intimately – our self.

Exclusive to the audiobook, Selfie includes a unique 15-minute interview with the author, Will Storr, and reader, Jack Hawkins.

In the media

Storr can open chapters like a stage conjurer, and his prose has an easy, laconic style embracing Jon Ronson's taste for the fabulously weird and Louis Theroux's ability to put his subjects at ease. He is a funny and companionable guide
Guardian
You’ll find yourself repeating entire sections of Selfie to your friends, and passing them off as your own.
Cosmopolitan
A fascinating, timely exploration of our drive for status, perfection and self-esteem, and a consideration of where such obsessions lead
Esquire

Will Storr introduces Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It's Doing to Us