If You Thought Selfies Were Bad You're Gonna Really Hate Dronies

The Citizen's Guide to the Future
April 25 2014 5:39 PM

If You Thought Selfies Were Bad You're Gonna Really Hate Dronies

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Ready for his wide angle panorama.

Screencap from Alex MacCaw/Vimeo.

It's hard to fit a bunch of people into a selfie. Usually that’s OK, because the more crowded the photo, the more your superior duck face and enviable popularity will shine through. The one problem is that if you're trying to show how awesome your vacation is, or how outdoorsy and fit you are, by capturing yourself in front of an impressive vista, it's difficult to get everything in the shot.

But drones can solve this! (Is there anything they can’t do?) They go where we want them to go, so of course they should be taking short videos of where we are and what we're up to. It's not a selfie. It's a dronie (not to be confused with "drony").

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Vimeo has created a whole dronie channel, and pioneers of the genre—originally called the aerial selfie—like Photojojo founder Amit Gupta, have been posting dronies for a few months. NASA may be working on a Global Selfie, but dronies are better because they're only about you (the most important person).

Now go be awesome and smile for the drone!

Future Tense is a partnership of SlateNew America, and Arizona State University.

Lily Hay Newman is lead blogger for Future Tense.

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