Opinion: don’t cast an evil spell with your selfie stick

People taking a selfie in front of the Colosseum, Rome.

Excerpt from this article:

There is a video on YouTube of a fight between a pair of tourists on a sightseeing cruise in Sydney Harbour. The two men brawl on deck after encroaching on each other’s selfies.

The video is a fake, apparently, but like most good parodies it feels uncomfortably close to the truth, and I’d bet that a similar scene has played out somewhere in the real world.

… Everyone wants to record their experiences on holiday. Nothing wrong with that. But taken to an extreme, this behaviour reduces the travel experience to a box-ticking exercise – and the compulsive quest for a self-mythologising shot in service of social media has spread the disease.

… If warning signs aren’t enough, what else can be done to curb the excesses of this moronic minority of travellers? The Chinese have a radical solution: their National Tourism Administration is compiling a blacklist of people who damage cultural relics and ignore social customs, among other misdemeanours. It sounds more than a trifle sinister – an Orwellian agency monitoring your downtime – but perhaps they don’t have any faith in a hearts-and-minds approach.

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