Friday, December 27, 2013

2013 Person and International Word of the Year

2013 is nearly over and I wouldn't like to finish this year's posts without mentioning two events that usually strike my attention: the election of the 'Person of the Year' by Time Magazine, and 'The International Word of the Year' by the Oxford Dictionaries.

'Pope Francis has been named Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2013. Pope Francis, who gained world praise in 2013, became the first Jesuit pope in March 2013 following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. Time's managing editor Nancy Gibbs explained the magazine's choice, calling the Pope 'a new voice of conscience. In his nine months in office, he has placed himself at the very center of the central conversations of our time, about wealth and poverty, fairness and justice, transparency, modernity, globalization, the role of women, the nature of marriage, the temptations of power,' she said. 'When he kisses the face of a disfigured man or washes the feet of a Muslim woman, the image resonates far beyond the boundaries of the Catholic Church.' Read the full article HERE. As usual, cartoonists portray these venues in a very hilarious catchy way.
A cartoon by Randy Bish
'On November 19th, 2013, the Oxford Dictionaries announced SELFIE as the international Word of the Year 2013. The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a word or expression that has attracted a great deal of interest during the year to date. Language research conducted by Oxford Dictionaries editors reveals that the frequency of the word selfie in the English language has increased by 17,000% since this time last year.' You might like to continue reading HERE. TIME Magazine also presented an article on this matter, entitled: Word of the Year 2013 - Twerk was robbed!'

As for me, 'selfie' is the well deserved winner of this title, due to its popularity in the social web. James Franco discloses 'The meanings of Selfie' in a fantastic opinion article for The New York Times: «We all have different reasons for posting them, but, in the end, selfies are avatars, mini-Me’s that we send out to give others a sense of who we are. In our age of social networking, the selfie is the new way to look someone right in the eye and say, 'Hello, this is me.'» Read the full article HERE. Selfies have become so popular that every celebrity takes and posts lots of them either on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. But what were this year's most viral selfies? The first ever 'Papal selfie' and the 'Obama selfie incident' at Nelson Mandela's memorial service, respectively.

Pope Francis has his picture taken inside St. Peter's Basilica with youths from the
Italian Diocese of Piacenza and Bobbio. Photo: AP
Michelle Obama looks away as (L-R) British Prime Minister David Cameron, Danish
Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and US President Barack Obama take a selfie
 Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP
The phenomenon has become so intense that even Nativity scenes haven't escaped the 'selfie' craze.
A cartoon by Blower for Daily Telegraph
As a 'selfie' practitioner, I love this topic! I think these self portrays are a very funny amusing way of taking pictures, either of yourself, your family and friends, and even your pets! I take loads of them, and I can assure you those 'selfies' taken with the ones I love are moments/memories that I dearly treasure! Having said this, I hope you have had a Merry Little Christmas, and that you were on Santa's good list!

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