Hello! SO many things were brought up last night--I'm hoping that this can be a space where we continue the conversation and hash some of these things out.

My final thought from last night was that in the end we were talking about a set of questions that are very old and "pre"-digital--questions about embodiment, class, institutions, power, experience, the roles and value of art, and so on and so on... What I find to be so fascinating about this topic is the way that it serves as a hinge for posing these very issues we have been struggling with always, but seen in a new way and from a new perspective. Last night's event really drove this home for me--that these "new" problems are actually quite old ones.
Agree - which is why I think it is useful to apply some of the lessons or questions from post-modernism. For example and very briefly, while the "selfie" might be seen as a form of appropriation or resistance, it can also be seen Lacanian terms as the mirror stage, or it could be seen in terms of the culture of the copy, with the increase of aura surrounding the original, or in the society of the spectacle as the supreme attraction to celebrity as spectacle, with the art in this case representing celebrity.
However, the Internet, as it moved from military to hacker or free online culture, at 1st profoundly challenged the relations of capitalism, only to have capitalism finally figure out a way to harness free culture, which is probably the moment we are living in right now.
oh - I forgot the Foucault's panopticon for the selfie :-)
and the issues are much broader than the selfie...