Your latest trend, kids: Selfies with homeless people

The SelfiesWithHomelessPeople Tumblr feed makes the SelfiesAtFunerals feed seem like art.

Set this to the tune of "Get Lucky." SelfieWithHomelessPeople/Tumblr screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Human glory knows few bounds.

We always find a way to provide unexpected perspectives on troubling realities. We find a way to, as "Monty Python" would have it, always look on the bright side of life.

Please, therefore, brighten your day (or not) by bathing in the latest trend that is sweeping human consciousness.

It's a Tumblr feed called SelfiesWithHomelessPeople.

You might imagine that this would feature images of bright, young, happy things posing with men and women who spend their nights on the streets in rotting sleeping bags or on public benches.

And you'd be right.

It seems that the concept of SelfiesAtFunerals is a little dead.

In order to fully express life's sometimes cruel passage, there's far more poignancy in the contrast between the haves and the havenots, than between the living and the dead. I am sure that more than one experienced venture capitalists would agree.

So here we have young people who presumably have homes posing with homeless people for pictures they will talk about for at least a week.

Some of the homeless people seem to be "willing" participants. Others are merely oblivious. In none do the young protagonists exhibit agony at the plight of those whose life may have taken a wrong turn.

The site is curated by the same person who curated SelfiesAtFunerals and, before that, SelfiesAtSeriousPlaces. He is Fast Company senior editor Jason Feifer.

He explained his fascination with collective, base human behavior to Business Insider:

Selfies are just a perfect expression of our basest Internet urges: They can be meant seriously or a joke, they're both communicative and totally self-centered, are both meant to be private and public, and prominently feature the person taking the action. So I gather these because I think it's useful to look at them as a group and wonder: Why is this happening over and over?

There could be several answers to that question.

Some might involve the callousness of an increasingly individualistic society and the sheer stupidity of youth. Some might involve an excessive need for self-presentation or even an ignorance born of nothing but an empty head and a full glass of wine-in-a-box.

If you scroll to the bottom of SelfiesWithHomelessPeople, you'll see this message: "ANGRY? May we suggest donating to City Harvest, Habitat for Humanity, or any other fine organization that helps the homeless."

So please look on the bright side with me for a moment. If this display of human indifference and self-glorification over those in trouble actually produces a sum of money for doing good, all isn't quite lost.

Not quite.

 

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