James Franco Defends The Power Of Selfies In NY Times Essay
This Franco selfie, posted last week, got over 73,000 likes.
Actor James Franco recently wrote an essay for the New York Times titled "The Meanings of the Selfie," in which he explains why he so strongly supports people posting photos of themselves to social media.
He begins by saying what not to do to gain more followers.
"I can see which posts don’t get attention or make me lose followers," Franco explains. "Those with photos of art projects; videos telling the haters to go away (in not so many words); and photos with poems."
The "Pineapple Express" actor argues that "a well-stocked collection of selfies seems to get attention. And attention seems to be the name of the game when it comes to social networking."
Franco adds, "I’ve learned that the selfie is one of the most popular ways to post — and garner the most likes from followers."
And he's right.
A post of art on James Franco's Instagram account garnered nearly 25,000 likes:
But an average selfie like the below from Franco receives over 80,000 likes:
Franco explains the power of a celebrity selfie:
" We speak of the celebrity selfie, which is its own special thing. It has value regardless of the photo’s quality, because it is ostensibly an intimate shot of someone whom the public is curious about. It is the prize shot that the paparazzi would kill for, because they would make good money; it is the shot that the magazines and blogs want, because it will get the readers close to the subject."