The Last Selfie (a neat 3 minute short movie)

The video is called “Lost Memories,” but I’m calling it “The Last Selfie.”

I’m not going to give it much set up, as the movie is only 3 minutes long, and is quite self-explanatory.


It’s a neat video. The director, François Ferracci, explains that they shot the video in 2 hours, and then he did all the special effects himself – making Paris modernized for the year 2020 – on his Mac laptop.

It’s a beautiful movie, in terms of the effects, the video, and I even like the musical backdrop, which is simple and nice as well.

But I posted it because of the concept behind it.  I’m not going to go into it too much, but I’ve always been fascinated by how the Internet permits so many of us to interact with so many people while remaining utterly alone for hours.  I do think the global conversation is fascinating, but I also sometimes wonder if much of it isn’t just artifice, and whether we’re not missing out on actually living by spending so much time “living” online.

Then again, my mom used to warn us about watching too much TV, or spending too much time talking on the phone – and her mom probably warned her about spending too much time in front of the radio – so is the Internet really any different?  Is it just another way of experiencing life, possibly even more fully?

Have a look, it’s really short, then feel free to weigh in in the comments, or discuss anything else on your mind. Enjoy.

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One Response to “The Last Selfie (a neat 3 minute short movie)”

  1. HeartlandLiberal says:

    After two years without a smart phone after retiring, I recently got the new Galaxy S4. It is an awesome device, and I love the maps, and the ability to access my email and calendar again. For someone in their late 60’s, I admit it is nice to have the device when traveling. I even set it near me when working in the garden and yard. When I broke my leg 2.5 years ago, I had to lie there and holler till the neighbor heard me, since my wife has lost her hearing to an extent she did not hear me yelling. Wish I had been carrying a phone then. So there is practical use for our magical devices.

    But the reasons I dumped my smartphone when I retired remain. I was TIRED of the expectation of being connected 24×7. I was tired of the constant interruptions and distraction. Study after study I have read demonstrate conclusively that tasks, such as computer programming, which I did and still do a lot of, require very focused, long term concentration. Interrupt the thought process, and it takes an average eight minutes to recover focus and be back on task. So if you are interrupted every seven minutes, well…. you do the math.

    Lately I have seen more than one near accident in traffic by people holding their phones on their steering wheels and texting while driving. One almost rearended me recently. Talking is bad enough. And then there was the young woman in the small red car (avoid them if you see them in traffic), texting while driving while putting on her makeup with the visor mirror down.

    My wife has made it clear that our interactions and social life will NOT be interrupted by the phone. And I agree wholeheartedly.

    I will say, though, it was a hoot showing it to a bunch of our friends who invited us to their social bridge club recently. They are all at least 10 – 15 years older than us. When I showed them how to talk to Google on my Android for search results, they would not stop marveling for 15 minutes.

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