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The rise of ‘selfie diplomacy’

How can we blame politicians for being inappropriate when they don't know what normality is?

By Josh Lowe  
Barack Obama and Helle Thorning-Schmidt at the Mandela memorial

Barack Obama and Helle Thorning-Schmidt at the Mandela memorial

Obama holds pre-selfie talks with Danish prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, left, as first lady Michelle Obama looks on © Matt Dunham/AP/Press Association Images

You know how it is. You’re chillaxing at a memorial service of unprecedented international significance, you take a moment out to snap a “selfie” (a self-portrait snapped using a smartphone) and the world’s media blow it out of all proportion. That’s what happened to David Cameron, Barack Obama and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, anyway. The…

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