In this new chapter published in Imagine Apocalyptic Politics in the Anthropocene, Doug Specht and Cat Snyder explore the role of the selfies at the end of time.
Selfies provide proof of an event witnessed through combining a presentation of self along with the event (Koliska and Roberts, 2015). They also demonstrate interest and support of a movement (Halupka, 2014), but moreover the selfie reaffirms the existence of the protester as they wrestle with their own minimisation in the face of global climate break down (Nunes, 2017). The taker of the selfie is reaffirmed through their existence both as an embodied presence before the lens, and as a digital image distributed across social networks (Nunes, 2017). This chapter seeks to explore the role of the selfie in creating new political and social spaces, and in reaffirming the existence of the individual in the Anthropocene. The chapter asks whether such activities are really the death of the public-sphere and potentially self-defeating, or whether they are important place-making actions that challenge subjugation.