Ben Dreyfuss

Ben Dreyfuss

Engagement Editor

Ben Dreyfuss is the engagement editor at Mother Jones.

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In Defense Of Selfies: Rembrandt

| Tue Jul. 15, 2014 10:16 AM EDT

Millennials get a lot of heat for the whole "selfie" thing. But what is a selfie? Most of the time the term refers to people taking photos of themselves—arms outstretched—with their phones. But the phone part really isn't important. I think most good people can agree that a selfie is any picture you take of yourself. But what if you put a camera on a tripod and use a timer? is that a selfie? I would venture, yes. What if we dispense with the camera entirely and talk straight self-portraits?

The truth is the selfie has a noble heritage in high art. Take Rembrandt for instance, who was born July 15, 1606. One of the greatest artists of all time, Rembrandt completed more than 60 self-portraits. (You can check out many of them and more of Rembrandt's works here.)

So anyway, the next time some stick in the mud tells you that selfies are what's wrong with America just be all, "What about Rembrandt, man? What about Rembrandt?" Then float away up into the clouds.

Have a nice day.

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This Video of a Sudden Freak Hail Storm at the Beach Is Insane

| Mon Jul. 14, 2014 9:11 AM EDT

This video was reportedly taken at a beach in Siberia Saturday. It is terrifying.

Imagine just being at the beach, enjoying your weekend, when all of a sudden IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD!

(via Digg)

Germany Just Won the World Cup—and Celebrated With This Epic Selfie

| Sun Jul. 13, 2014 7:11 PM EDT

Just after beating Argentina 1-0 in the final game of the 2014 World Cup, Germany's Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger snapped one the most epic selfies ever.

 

 

Here Is a Video Of a Crane Destroying a Truck

| Sat Jul. 12, 2014 12:37 PM EDT

So, as the Daily Dot points out, this video is almost certainly staged, but who cares? It's nuts.

 

This Is How HBO Makes the World of "Game Of Thrones" So Spectacularly Real

| Fri Jul. 11, 2014 12:42 PM EDT

Season four of "Game of Thrones" is up for 19 awards at the 66th Emmys, including Outstanding Special and Visual Effects. This recently released video shows how HBO's visual effects wizards—led by VE Supervisors Joe Bauer and Joern Grosshans—make George R.R. Martin's books not only come alive but truly jump out of the screen.

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