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Astonishing pic of Hillary Clinton shows what we've become

Technically Incorrect: Posted on Twitter by the design lead for Hillary for America, this will surely be one of the iconic images of our age.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


This is the modern world.

Dear famous person,

If we want to be seen with you, we'll turn our backs on you.

Please don't be offended.

It's just that your fame isn't enough for us anymore.

We need to attach ourselves to your fame, so that we can post the resulting picture to Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat.

That way, we achieve our own sort of mini-fame. Which could be the maximal fame we ever attain.

Please forgive me for this missive to the stars.

There's a reason: This astounding picture was posted Sunday on Twitter by Hillary For America design lead Victor Ng. He credited the shot to Clinton campaign photographer Barbara Kinney.

As Hillary Clinton stands on a podium and waves, not one of the throng in front of her seems to be facing her.

Instead, everyone has turned their backs and raised their phones in order to get a little of themselves -- perhaps just their hair or their upper forehead -- into the shot.

Ng offered this caption: "2016, ya'll."

One can surely forgive him for misplacing his apostrophe, as he gazed upon this intrigue.

Increasingly we prefer to be seen with each other, instead of looking at each other.

We live not to be there, but to be seen to be there.

In this case, Clinton seems to have understood what people wanted. Video of the event has emerged. It shows that the Democratic nominee asked anyone who wanted a selfie to "turn around right now."

And look how many did.

So, dear famous person, please understand that it's all a show now. All of it.

This might be especially worth remembering should you be taking part in some sort of debate in the near future.

This story originally published at 2 p.m. PT September 25.

Update, 8:20 a.m. PT September 26: Information added that the candidate invited the selfies.