A man threatening to commit suicide - who was fortunately talked down - from an overpass on LA's 105 Freeway last Thursday probably won't have his outlook on life soothed by the fact that folks below were in selfie overdrive. The image above, while more a group photo than a strict "selfie," nonetheless captures the "selfish" part of the trend in photos set against often very inappropriate backdrops.
And besides, a local news man snapped the scene from a different angle to show that the traditional solo selfie was still represented on the roadway that was shutdown for hours:
The same social media that inspires such "selflies behaving badly" lashed out at the rude motorists with tweets like...
Wow someone tries to commit suicide on the 105 freeway and the freeway is stopped and the first thing people do is take selfies?!? WOW!- . (@0nlyPablo) April 11, 2014
Selfies adjacent to suicide attempts aren't new. A Brooklyn woman (seen below) last December took to snapping herself in front of a man sitting high above the East River contemplating a jump, who was, like the man in LA, fortunately talked down. The New York Post, who was on the scene, says the woman "became camera-shy" when reporters attempted to question her. When asked for her name she responded, "I'd rather not."
Selfie-shaming. It works.