What's wrong with this selfie? A selfie at at the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, below, Below left, children stand behind a barbed wire fence at the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz in southern Poland during World War II. (- AP photo / Twittter)
What's wrong with this selfie?
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Jacquie Whitt's island trip with a group of teenagers was memorable. Not just for the scenery and wildlife, but also for the way the kids preserved their memories. It was, said Whitt, a "selfie fest."

For this generation, "digital devices are now part of the interpretive experience," said Whitt, co-founder of Adios Adventure Travel.

But some adults see selfies as distractions. And they point to examples. These include a smiling selfie from Auschwitz posted to Twitter that went viral. Adults say this is proof of the potential for poor judgment when young travelers use social media.

A Fairfield University study found museum visitors remember more about what they've seen if they don't take photos of the objects they're viewing.

Breanna Mitchell, the young woman who took the smiling Auschwitz selfie, told TakePart Live the selfie was misinterpreted. Her selfie from the grounds of the concentration camp was her way of saying, "I finally got where me and my daddy had always said we were going to go," she said.

Still, most travel selfies are innocent and purely celebratory.

Critical thinking challenge: List three benefits of selfies.

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COMMENTS (38)
  • Lorena N
    8/05/2014 - 11:50 p.m.

    Summary: This articles talks about how popular it has become the "Selfies" or photos with faces close to the camera. In particular, this article is inspired by the recent event where a young girl takes a "Selfie" in a place that was a Nazi concentration camp.
    Opinion: I think the so-called "selfies" are a fashion which is related more to the use of technologies. In the case of the girl who took a picture in a concentration camp, I think many do, but in this occasion for being a selfie it was given a punishment by society.

  • estebangarcia
    8/07/2014 - 12:54 a.m.

    this in an article based on something nowadays is quite common to capture moments, i am talking about taking photos, specifically selfies, This is a new and recent method to take some pictures in which people set the camera if front so what the device capture is the people who is in front of the camera and the background. there are some opionion in the article showind different point of view in relation to selfies, the most important I consider is what a research said, and it was "museum visitors remember more about what they've seen if they don't take photos of the objects they're viewing."
    we are involved in a full technology world, we can not avoid devices which are launched to be used for us. some of them make life easily, but others rest us the sense of the life, In my case, when visiting some place, I prefer seving moments into my sight and brain, rather than taking pictures of every simple thing I see. I am not saying devices such us cameras are bad or unuseful for people, but what we have to learn is where, when and how use them (devices).

  • CatalinaPinto
    8/10/2014 - 02:27 p.m.

    This is about selfies during trips. One specifically caused great scandal last month, when a woman took a selfie with the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz behind her. Jackie Whitt co-founder of Adios Adventure Travel went on a trip with a group of teenagers where the main activity was to take selfies. Some adults see selfies as distractions and a Fairfield University study found that people can remember more about what they have seen when they dont take photos.
    But for Breanne, the woman who took the so called selfie, this is all a misunderstanding, and she had been misinterpreted; that selfie, was her way to say that she finally got to where she and her father wanted to go.
    Seriously, there is nothing wrong with the picture. I mean, it is just a selfie of a woman showing to the world where she is, at that moment. This is one of the most common activities among people all around the world, not only teenagers do this!
    People always start judging without knowing the real intention of the pictures.
    If you are at place with a long, important historical background for humanity, there are 99.9 % of possibilities that you are going to take a photo or a selfie. Is todays way to tell the world, friends or whoever you wanted where you are and what you are doing. Its a trend that came to stay with us for a long time and I think people really need to get used to it. What happened in that place is not something to be proud of, but is all done; she is not saying Im happy to be here where many people died; she is showing a picture of herself smiling because that was the place where she wanted to go with his father, and maybe he couldnt made it. Also, Im sure there should be a good reason for it, like they think that place is meaningful for their family and to be honest there are many selfies which are really inappropriate in comparison to this one.

  • FelipeMeneses
    8/10/2014 - 09:34 p.m.

    'selfie' is the word of the year, it's a common thing now to see million of pictures of young people staring at a camera while smiling, but not everything ends there. This article overview the negative impact on selfies through an example, a girl having a selfie in a concentration camp, with a happy face as if she accomplished something good.

    People have different opinions about this topic, some positive, and some other negative. Mine is a negative one, it looks like she didn't care about what had happened there, she doesn't seem conscious about it. Although she stated the opposite, that doesn't make her free of criticism.
    People is free to do whatever they want, but with a minimun of consciousness and common sense.

  • MacarenaPaz
    8/10/2014 - 11:55 p.m.

    This piece of news talks about what the wrong use of digital devices and social media can lead to, this being not taking things so serious, or seem like you aren't mature enough for determinate situations, amongst many other consequences. Such is the case of Breanna Mitchell, aka Princess Breanna (for social network purposes), who posted her selfie at a concentration camp ground in Auschwitz, with a big smile on her face. This, of course, unleashed a huge wave of negative comments about her being out of place for looking so happy in a place where people are supposed to have a solemn attitude and show respect. The teenager explained that what her selfie actually tried to convey was her own feeling of fulfillment since that was the place her father and her dreamed of going someday.

    My appreciation of her picture was indeed the one that most people had the first time I saw it. Even after Reading her explanation, which I do not question, I still believe that she should've kept that selfie for herself, I don't think her desision of sharing it with the world was wise. People must think twice before sharing personal stuff like this and actually all kind of things in social networks, because most of the time, this inkormation will be misundersood and they are exposing themselves to very critical judgings and even cruel comments. There is a reason why, in the past, people shared the photographs of their vacations only with their relatives and friends instead of publishing them in the newspaper.
    Of course I myself share some pictures of me on Facebook, but I try to be cautious not to reveal too much or prejudice others. Internet can be very mean and harmful, since once you upload something, there's no turning back, and your infomation in in the web for good. We don't always think of he extents of this, but we should.

    Critical Thinking challenge:

    1_ They're an easy way to actually BE in the picture when there's noone to help take the picture.
    2_ You can use them to check on your face in case you don't have a mirror handy.
    3_ Can't think of another benefit, sorry.

  • melanie f16
    9/10/2014 - 02:55 p.m.

    TECHNOLOGY: Jacquie Whits island trip with a group of teenagers was memorable. Not just for the scenery and wildlife, but also for the way the kids preserved their memories. It was a "Selfie Fest". for this generation, "digital devices are now part of the interpretive experience", said Whit. But some adults see selfies as distractions . And they point to examples. These include a smiling selfie fro Auschwitz posted to twitter that went viral. Adults say this proof of the potential for poor judgment when young travelers use social media. Fairfield university study found museum visitors remember more about what they've seen if they don't take photos of the objects they're viewing. Still, most travel selfies are innocent and purely celebratory.

  • brandon c7
    9/10/2014 - 03:11 p.m.

    I believe that selfies are not distractions, when people take selfie they're trying to capture the moment that meant a lot to them or that they don't want to forget. also it is society's way of sharing where they are with friends and family.

    CTC:A selfie can preserve kids memories.
    Its a big part know a days

  • davidd-Orv
    9/12/2014 - 01:19 p.m.

    you know whats wrong with this slfie is that this is a death camp and even though theres no on there it was a serious matter and in no way shape or form that she should be for one taking a selfie in this death camp its ok to taake pictures but selfies are fun up beat and for non serious matters i 5think that this is ahsame that none taught her better not to do that some people these days have so much nerve to do things rthat shouldent be this way selfies are plain out right idopticv and stupdi how can a person pull themselves to do this then post it on social media what kind of world are we living in obviouslyb a jacked up one this burns me to no end how how how if she kmnew anything about the holocauast she couldent even in her right mind bring her self to do this no person in their right mind would even attempt to do this any omne with training parents and a heart wouyld not eveen bring thrtem seldves to do that its sicining to even lookn at it i wonder all the comments she got they should all be telling her how stupid shes being this pic shouild be deletyed and banned from her account all you people on twiotter go reporrt because she needs to be taught a very valuble lesson about how b ad this is and to her paerents who ever they may be if youi dont monitor her social media something needs to be done because your daughter made the biggest mistake of her life think harder befor e being stupid next time :) RANT OVER!

  • noahTyellow
    9/23/2014 - 04:46 p.m.

    I believe that taking a selfie is a dumb activity made up by some crazy teen or something, but that doesn't mean that I hate kids who take them.

  • TalithaBGreen
    9/30/2014 - 01:47 p.m.

    One benefit is so you can call yourself pretty because some people are meany heads and they call you ugly, another reason is if you don't have a mirror you can look at yourself, and the last reason is so you can have profile pictures on twitter or Facebook or any kind of internet accounts with profile pictures.

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