Thursday, May 8, 2014

#Selfie is like the best and worst song ever!

When I first heard the song #selfie, by the Chainsmokers, I was really annoyed. The song had already become a club anthem, and was starting to cross over to top 40. I could just picture a bunch of random people requesting the song, and despite the fact that the beat is pretty sick, the idle banter that accompanies the beat is really irritating. I didn't want to listen to it several times a week, but I eventually succumbed and added the song to my DJ sets. The more I listened to it, I actually started to appreciate the song's satirical message, and now I have concluded that #selfie is actually quite brilliant (but it still annoys me). 

The lyrical content of the song is narrated in first person, by a girl (Alexis Killacam), as she is out at a nightclub with her friends. She starts by obnoxiously rejecting everything from the DJ's selection, to the outfits the other girls are wearing, and instead of having fun, she spends the entire time on her phone, obsessing over her selfies (definition of selfie).  

"I only got 10 likes in the last 5 minutes, do you think I should take it down?" 

We live in an era, where the "selfie", an act of pure narcissism has become a standard form of communication. This self obsessed phenomenon, has also led us to pure insecurity, as we desperately seek the approval of others, by counting the "likes" and "comments" from a pool of people that we don't even give a sh-- about. 

"oh my god, Jason just text me, should I go home with him? I guess I took a good selfie". Jason, the narrator's romantic interest,  rejects the narrator in the beginning of the song. They engage in a lover's tug of war, and in the end she wins. She lured him in by taking a good selfie, which Jason 'liked' in the second verse. FYI Jason is in the same room, that she is in, for the entire song. 

(As previously stated,) I think  #selfie is really annoying to listen to, but I can't ignore it's painfully honest perspective of the way we (meaning people) live and interact today.  The song is a parody in every sense of the word, but it does reflect the disturbing truth about the impact that social media has had (and is having) on our real social experiences. Hopefully The Chainsmoker's #selfie, will make us think twice before texting, posting, and checking in on our likers, adders and followers, while we are out and supposed to be enjoying the moment with our actual friends.