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The cartoon by Brian Adcock from The Independent shows the planet Earth as a cartoon character, sweating profusely and covered with bandages and plasters. The Earth says, "Maybe people will notice if I tweet a selfie."
The sweat is a clear reference to global warming, and the message seems to be that these days people are more interested in posting and viewing selfies on Twitter than worrying about climate change.
1. A selfie is a photo that you take of yourself, usually for use in social media. “Selfie” was the Oxford English Dictionary's word of the year for 2013.
2. To tweet is to send a message using the microblogging and social networking service Twitter. • The "Wall Street Journal" says 44 percent of Twitter's almost one billion registered users have never Tweeted.