Selfies with unsuspecting homeless people: Sign of a culture in decline

Has America lost its way? The latest trend suggests that maybe it has — that the nation as a whole needs a timeout to do some soul-searching.

This new “pastime” combines the practice of taking “selfies,” which in of itself signals self-absorption, with reducing the nation’s homeless population to an unfunny joke.

Meet the homeless selfie — a cell phone capture of yourself mugging for the camera against a backdrop of a sleeping or unconscious denizen of the street. How this came about is beside the point. Why it has caught on is the bigger question.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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