1 year ago for day 151, 2019 with 360 words.

Why are selfie sticks so popular?

A sad exploration of the selfie stick

I have never understand selfie sticks. What is it about this device that make it so popular? A selfie stick is used to take photographs or video by positioning a digital camera device, typically a smartphone, beyond the normal range of the arm. This allows for shots to be taken at angles and distances that would not have been possible with the human arm by itself. The sticks are typically extensible, with a handle on one end and an adjustable clamp on the other end to hold the device in place.

But why are people using them? The picture they take aren't particular beautiful in any way. The angle, often a bit from above is kind of awkward. And you can't get really creative with a stick. The kind of pictures you take with them are kind of the same; often with a city highlight or a setting sun as a wallpaper scenery,

The selfie sticks stands for mass tourism. The kind of tourism where people go to the hotspots of any given city. The Eiffel tower in Paris, the Colosseum in Rome or Statue of liberty in New York. The irony of these places is that they are often packed with people. Have people lost the courage to ask other people for a photo?

You would say that asking for a picture is easy when a place is packed. Moreover the people traveling to these places are often in groups. Taking pictures of each other would be very logical.

But nothing less is the case. Individualism is the driver of the 'stick'. Traveling the world all together but still alone. Too shy to ask for a picture; or am I missing something?

So maybe just maybe, praise the stick as an artefact of this generation. A time where people have the freedom to do whatever they want, wherever they want to go, without any remarks. And while people would say: "everything was better in the past". We now live in a society where freedom is more normal than ever, and yes this freedom includes selfie sticks.


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