Santa Rosa selfies — why not?

  • 12/24/2013:B1: A heritage oak at Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen set for removal because of decay issues will be spared after a UC Berkeley expert determined the tree may last for another 10 years.

    PC: Jack's Oak, A heritage oak tree on the grounds of Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen has decay issues and will have to be taken down within the next 10 years, Monday Dec. 23, 2013. The tree, slated for removal this past November has had several reprieves from the chain saw. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2013

The fact that "selfie," was Oxford Dictionary's word of the year for 2013 provides a great snapshot — or Snapchat? — for where we are as a culture. For those unfamiliar with the term, selfie is defined by Oxford as "a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smart phone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website." Plenty of examples are to be found on social media sites, so we're not inclined to encourage readers to create more. However, we can't help but give Santa Rosa a plug for its idea of encouraging residents to send selfies of Santa Rosa — pictures of themselves holding signs proclaiming what they like most about their city. We admit we have our doubts about how many will take this seriously and will resist the temptation to submit something sarcastic or, possibly, inappropriate. At the same time, we don't want to rain on this legitimate attempt at community-building, even if we could use the rain. People have no problem sharing their gripes. Why not encourage them to share their likes? Serious selfies can be sent to downtown@srcity.org. Sarcastic ones can be sent to us.

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