Nelson Mandela died this past weekend and he will be greatly missed. He was an amazing human being, a revolutionary politician and a respected humanitarian. His memorial service was a reflection not only of Madiba the man, but also of his legacy; it’s been described as joyous—South Africans and many around the world celebrated his life rather than mourned his death and the images from the service are striking and beautiful.
It’s unfortunate that some of the celebration of Mandela’s life has been overshadowed—at least to an extent in the US—by a certain Presidential selfie, taken by Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Denmark’s Prime Minister, as she sat between President Obama and David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The selfie caught fire, both socially and in the media and it’s been the topic of too much conversation.
I bring it up here to reiterate a point: context. The selfie received so much attention, [...]