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“I wonder if the readers will find this as amusing as I do,” I thought when I read the news on Engadget that Apple had set up a mini-section in the App Store dedicated to selfies. “I will make that thought the first sentence of the Newswire post,” I then mused, “and I will make the second sentence an escalation of the narcissism in the first sentence.” I paused. “Is this silly or disgustingly self-involved?” I wondered. I decided that it was both. Then I wrote all of those things, as you can see. I wrote them to draw attention to myself, which is okay. I know it’s okay because Apple made a section in the App Store for it.

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I looked over the offerings in the Sharing Selfies section. “There are so many ways to let people look at myself!” I marveled. Some of them were clever: Front Flash uses my iPhone’s screen as a makeshift flash so I can photograph myself in a dim dive bar or if I am locked in a trunk. Some of them were practical: Snapchat is a popular program used to create self-destructing photographs of genitals. Some of them were aspirational: With 1 Second Everyday, I can take single-second videos of myself, in the hope that my life will seem more interesting if it is chopped up into indiscernible fragments.

Illustration for article titled Apple creates an App Store section for narcissism
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I took a picture of the A.V. Club staffers who were in the office at the moment I was writing this story. It came out kinda cute and kinda blurry, as selfies do. I looked at it for a while and decided to reframe it.

Illustration for article titled Apple creates an App Store section for narcissism
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This seemed better. Even more selfie-ish.

Illustration for article titled Apple creates an App Store section for narcissism
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This seemed better.

Illustration for article titled Apple creates an App Store section for narcissism
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Better.

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