New Ways to Die: The Snuffie

The world is my ant farm. Human behaviour fascinates me in all shades of crazy. So the advent of the SELFIE continues to intrigue. Are we more self-obsessed now? Or do we simply have access to the technology to indulge our self-obsessions? Ancient selfie Or are we becoming more stupid? The Guardian, UK, recently ran an article about DEATH BY SELFIE. People do unbelievably stupid things to capture a look-at-me snap such as:

  • get up close and friendly with bears, bison and tigers!!!
  • perch teetering on cliffs
  • photograph themselves running in front of charging bulls
  • and shooting themselves in the head taking that GANSTA pic.

old man and the selfie 2 Since the SELFIE is a word invented to describe a new behaviour, I think we need to invent another new word to describe DEATH BY SELFIE. I suggest THE SNUFFIE. Will it catch on? I hope not. Snuffie

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Book Extract

Here is an extract on the vagueness of relationships today from my new book: MeLand: 10 Ways Self-Obsession Makes You Stupid. 

Kerry Cue Book 1

Cult of me-first fails to meet children’s needs

Classroom  Downey's Warren HS California

Classroom
Downey’s Warren HS California

quote 1Two factors promote me-me attitudes in schools today: brand marketing and corporate culture.

Schools have whole-heartedly embraced the brand-marketing ethos. They have websites and glossy brochures picturing happy, rosy-cheeked children. They all have an enriching environment that nurtures personal excellence. Most claim to ‘‘provide for the individual student’’ or ‘‘address individual needs’’. This marketing spiel doesn’t simply mould parents’ expectations; it is changing the very nature of schools.quote 2
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You can read more of this Edited Extract from MeLand: 10 Ways Self-Obsession Makes You Stupid, by Kerry Cue, Connor Court, $24.95, 2013 here:

The Age

The Age, 28 Jul 2013 Education

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SMH The Sydney Morning Herald, Comment

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The Canberra Times



The Canberra Times, Comment

Why Stupid?

In MeLand I look at the many ways self-obsession makes you stupid. We are all prone to these marketing forces.

It’s just that the self-obsessed are more gullible than the rest of us. They go that one Botox injection way too far …..

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