By Popular Demand: The Aaron Feldman Selfie Compilation
This post has been a long time coming.
Let me explain. I am a 20-year-old millennial. If you were to imagine a millennial in your head, you might conjure up an image of some smartphone-obsessed, hashtagging social media guru.
I differ from from your average millennial. I cannot tell you how many characters are allowed in a tweet, nor am I ever the first to ever see a video go viral. I only just got my first smartphone four months ago whereas my 16-year-old sister and friends have had ones for years. I prided myself on staying off the grid. Somehow, rejecting smartphones is somehow even more hipster than embracing them, and people thought I was pretty cool for it. However, I could only hold out for so long.
Enter the Iowa caucuses. I knew that I would be meeting the most influential people in the country and I knew I would have to take a picture with them. And not just any picture, a selfie. I tried taking selfies with regular cameras, but I simply could not do it as the screen is on the other side. I ended up with some really attractive zoomed-in pictures of my nose, however. I had to get one.
I caved. I am weak.
I bought my smartphone, buried my dumbphone in the backyard, and climbed out from under my rock to join the rest of my generation. Still salty about my new phone, I still refuse to use it to do much more than text. However, I must begrudgingly admit that my smartphone enabled me to capture some pictures that I would not trade the world for, because living in Iowa during the Caucuses has been an experience I have truly cherished.
I just wish I had practiced my selfie game before meeting the candidates, I had a lot to learn about camera angles and facial expressions.
Think you are better at selfies than me? You almost certainly are. However, I get to say I have multiple with candidates who could well become president of the United States. The smartphone, I must admit, was worth it.
Feldman is a political science and data analytics double major from Clarendon Hills, Illinois. He loves Bruce Springsteen and poorly attempting his songs on guitar. Follow him on Twitter.