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Existential Friday: Emergency Room Selfie

Emergency Waiting Room Selfie

This Existential Friday, with the aid of Emergency Waiting Room Selfies, let us take a moment contemplate our physical & psychological health and reflect on what is of true value. We went to Emergency earlier in the week to avoid the Black Friday crush.

Emergency Waiting Room Selfie 2

Canadian Black Fridays are less injurious for the following reasons:

1) We have to wear layers of winter clothing.

2) Watching/playing hockey has provided us with great body chequing in the aisles.

3) We are very polite. Sorry, but it is true.

Emergency Waiting Room Selfie 3

Here is an early Medical Selfie – poor fellow had an ear issue.

This last image is  Robert Cornelius’ self-portrait First Ever “Selfie” (1839).

Cornelius posed for the daguerreotype in the yard of his family’s lighting store – 1839.

Robert Cornelius’ self-portrait: The First Ever “Selfie” (1839) – See more at:
Robert Cornelius’ self-portrait: The First Ever “Selfie” (1839) – See more at:

The selfie – an existential expression that has become social media content. We construct context , invest it with a set of values, beliefs & ideologies and convey intended & unintended messages. Who will be looking at us in 174 years ? What messages have we sent to future generations ?


6 responses

  1. I believe you have hit on the number one reason black friday will never work in our country. We are much too polite.

    November 29, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    • elmediat

      Our cultural response is quite different . I was just discussing this with my son. Canadian cultural literary motif is a community confronting the wilderness. The American version is the rugged individualist overcoming the environment/Nature. It makes a difference in our political & social values.
      Some retailers are worried that Boxing Day/Week will be undermined. Canadians are supposedly much more interested in the Boxing Day sales than Americans.

      November 30, 2013 at 1:43 pm

  2. leecleland

    Robert Cornelius is the first with Spock ears!

    November 30, 2013 at 2:04 am

    • elmediat

      Excellent observation ! It is probably caused by motion blur. He jumped into the frame and you are required to hold very still for a long time the daguerreotype exposure.
      Or he was a very forward thinking trend setter. He would have had a Face book page before computers. 😀
      BTW Did you know that the Spock/Vulcan facial look is actually based on the Marvel comic character, Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner ? 🙂

      November 30, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      • leecleland

        Who woulda thought! Not having followed the Marvel comics in my youth – it was all Superman and the Phantom – I had no idea. The trivia that you know it amazing 🙂

        December 1, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      • elmediat

        If you look at the early versions of the character done in the 40s & 50s, before they started bulking him up, the resemblance is really noticeable. Marvel even did a joke where he wanders in a crowd and someone comments on his ears and then points out that a group of them are wearing “fake” ears – that’s were it got interesting. 😀

        December 2, 2013 at 2:42 pm

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