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Wait. Is It a Selfie If You Don't Take It?

It's being reported pretty much everywhere that Pope Francis just posed for the first selfie. Here it is:

But is it a "selfie" if you don't take it yourself? The Urban Dictionary states that a "selfie" is "A picture taken of yourself that is planned to be uploaded to Facebook, Myspace or any other sort of social networking website. You can usually see the person's arm holding out the camera..."

Not go get all technical but this clearly doesn't qualify. You might be able to argue that this young woman took a selfie with the pope in it but I don't think you can argue that this is a papal selfie.

And besides he wasn't even pursing his lips.

I think the world will still have to wait for the first official papal selfie.


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Jeff Sahol said...

Heck, the picture itself is not even a selfie, unless one of those guys has EXTREMELY long arms

Anneg said...

I think he was watching a video of those Benedictine sisters singing.

LarryD said...

No duckface, no selfie.

Joseph D'Hippolito said...

Who. The. Deleted. Expletive. Cares.

Mack Hall, HSG said...

Certainly there will never be a photo of the Holy Father lifting his leg and placing his foot upon a Vatican treasure.

Chelsea said...

Someone in that picture is taking a picture of him/herself, thus it is a "selfie" -- of that person with their friends. The pope is in it, so it qualifies as a "papal selfie".

It's not a selfie of the pope, it's a selfie of the person who's taking the picture with the pope. If I had taken that pic I probably would have called it a "papal selfie" when I uploaded it to Instagram/Twitter/Facebook.

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