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What you need to know about selfies — and why they matter

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In the beginning, there was selfie

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The selfie gets a bad rap. Labeled shallow and narcissistic by its critics, self-portraiture has a rich history, dating back to humanity's earliest works of art. What changed between artists painting themselves last century and people snapping photos of themselves today?

I invited The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern to explain the selfie. Stern and I bonded at CES over our mutual love of the selfie stick — something we discuss late in the episode. Sadly, right after recording the episode, Disney announced a blow to the future of the greatest photo-snapping accessory. This one's for you, selfie stick. You will be missed.

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