The History Of The Selfie

Published 2022-11-17
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Jhoane Baterna-Pateña:

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“Here I Am Taking My Own Picture” (nytimes) 2006:…

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All Comments (21)
  • @user-du9iu4rf6p
    Micheal is the only person who can start a video with an illegal pooping selfie and everyone just immediately accepts it
  • @TradingFeline
    Honestly the fact that this video is almost indistinguishable from his older videos in style and editing is amazing.
  • Is no one going to question how Micheal just invents the word "Ussy" out of thin air? Love this man
  • I can not express how grateful I am that OG Vsauce content is back and as fresh and engaging as it ever was.
  • @user-dv6yz7cd6l
    I like how Bek unashamedly gave himself a big beer belly. He keeps it real.
  • @ElectroBOOM
    Can you call them selfies if the selfie was created before the word "selfie" was invented?
  • @Demdere
    Michael, I cannot thank you enough for continuing to produce these videos. My father and I loved to watch them in the earlier days of your channel, and it's a lovely memory every time I enjoy a new video of yours! The "A-ha!" moments in your videos give a physical aspect to those memories.
  • @willburden1597
    The pictures taken by the Tsar's daughter are so fascinating. I've never seen anyone from that time depicted in such a human way that's similar to how we take pictures of ourselves now, as opposed to a photo of them sat down blank faced where they seem so far from human that they could be robots. It genuinely makes it so much more real when Michael then goes on to mention how her and the rest of the family were killed by Bolsheviks shortly after.
  • Is anyone else absolutely blown away by the 'reverse selfie'? It just seems so insane to me.
  • The Anastasia photos are really interesting. They’re so casual and “normal” by today’s standards. I can’t imagine film was cheap in 1915 and she would’ve had to pay for that film to get developed too. To any of the general population film was almost precious. Pictures were serious and you needed to be careful with your film. Not to her. She could spend the film frivolously. Whether she would have done that if she wasn’t a member of a royal family is up for debate, but we’ll never truly know. I just think that piece is really wonderfully interesting.
  • @MachineGunX2
    I know others have already pointed this out in the comments but this video actually really feels like an old Vsauce video. His other newer videos were indeed high quality but it felt like they dived into more complex and hard to understand topics and were generally not as engaging. This, on the other hand, is genuinely indistinguishable from his older content which makes me very happy.
  • @user-wr3bd7ye1p
    Micheal openly confessing to a federal crime to start a video is actually completely in character
  • @salzburysteak
    This dude is like a relic of YouTube’s past and yet he still hits nothing but grand slams, like the world he entered in has vanished and yet he remains eternal, god bless Michael
  • To whoever reading this, never stop chasing your dreams you can do it. Keep pressing and thriving you will make it! Consistency is the key to achieve your goals.
  • @pjhelbig
    I had no idea this would end up being so fascinating.
  • @discordmemer69
    Michael is the only man who can tell nonsense from scientific point of view for half an hour, confusing people more and more with every minute and yet he always makes sense
  • @theleavingroom
    watching vsauce always ends more with questions than answers
  • Can always count on Vsauce to turn a simple question into a 25 minutes history lesson.
  • Always a treat. I only wish there was more. This man sold me on YouTube.