The dangerous art of the ultimate selfie

Justine with a camel

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If 2014 was the year of the selfie, then 2015 took the art of self-photography to a new and dangerous level. People are, quite literally, dying to take a picture of themselves…

“We’ve actually seen people using selfie sticks to try and get as close to the bears as possible, sometimes within 10 feet [3 metres],” said recreation manager Brandon Ransom in a blog.

…So why are some people willing to risk their life to take the ultimate selfie? It may come down to pure bravado, thinks Lee Thompson – whose snap of himself on top of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro went viral in June 2014.

“People see pictures like mine and see how they spread across the world and see a way to make themselves famous for 15 minutes,” he told the BBC.

…For many, a dangerous selfie is worth it for the number of likes and comments it will generate.

“Likes are a quantifiable way of measuring popularity and these days it isn’t enough to just post a picture of yourself, because everyone is doing that. The more extreme it is, the more likely you are to stand out and get lots of likes and comments.”

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