Funeral selfies, a phenomenon real enough that there's a Tumblr blog devoted to it, show that our society may have hit a new, self-absorbed low.
A collection of strangely un-sad Instagrams, Tweets, and Facebook posts have been gathered on a Tumblr blog (naturally) called "Selfies at Funerals."
'Cause after all, no moment in life, or death, is too serious or trivial to pass without posting a rapid, vapid response - or cute pic! - on social media.
"Love my hair today. Hate why I'm dressed up #funeral," reads the caption of a self-portrait snapped by a young woman dressed in black at a funeral.
"Killin the selfie game at pop's funeral," tweeted a joyful young man mocking a piece of statuary at the service (we wish we were making that up).
Another photo on the blog of a blonde girl pouting in a pink bedroom with a "Keep Calm and Rock On" sign is titled, simply, "depressing funeral selfie."
What's depressing is that people aren't even content with depression anymore.
Or not? Katy Waldman at Slate offers a defense of funeral selfies:
"Is it somehow more tasteful, or nobler, to keep grief private? If that's the case, the problem with Internet mourning far predates the Internet."
"People have put sadness on display - wearing black, holding ceremonies - since the ancient Greeks first hired mourners to tear out their hair at funerals."
"Social media may make it easier to launch a stream of frown-y faces into the ether, but Mark Zuckerberg didn't invent the impulse to reach out when you're hurting."
An interesting point, but still, Instagram selfies at funerals?! Is nothing sacred? Are we so vain that this somehow seems like a vital part of daily life?
You tell us: Funeral selfies ...