“A texting conversation might fall short of communicating how you are feeling, but a selfie might make everything clear in an instant. Selfies are tools of communication more than marks of vanity (but yes, they can be a little vain).”
— James Franco, actor, ponders the meaning of the selfie — which, in case you’ve forgotten, was the Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year. The Palo Alto-born Franco says he’s been accused of being the king of taking photos of himself, but at least one count of celebrity selfies this year points elsewhere. He admits he does it for attention, because attention is “what everyone wants.” Franco has obviously given this a lot of thought — enough to write about it in the New York Times — and he even shares his formula: “You’re safe if you trade ‘one for them’ with ‘one for yourself,’ meaning for every photo of a book, painting or poem, I try to post a selfie with a puppy, a topless selfie or a selfie with Seth Rogen.” Franco’s Instagram account, which has 1.1 million followers as of this post, does have a fair amount of selfies. And in case you’re wondering, he’s made use of the app’s video feature, too.
Photo: James Franco even takes selfies in movies. Here, he’s shown in “127 Hours” with Kate Mara, center, and Amber Tamblyn. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)