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Selfie Stick Or Not?

Should Selfie Sticks Be Banned?

Have you been exposed to the ‘selfie stick’, or even purchased/used one?  This is a device that extends the reach of the camera to twice arm’s length (one arm, one stick, end to end) so the selfie can capture a wider picture.

Some upsides are being able to take a photo that isn’t so close that shows all the imperfections of aging.  It also allows all of our friends to be in a photo without having to ask someone to take a photo.  As a bonus, you get some of the background as well which is hard to do with a traditional hand held selfie.

I have not succumbed to the ‘selfie stick’ yet, but have been amazed at the different reactions of people when this subject is brought up. Upon researching further, I found quite a few interesting opinions and insights into this new seemingly harmless technology.

In a recent article by Ben Grubb in the Illawarra Mercury News, I found out that Australian venues are beginning to ban the ‘selfie stick’.  The rest of this blog is taken from this interesting story.

The promoter of the Soundwave music festival, held in major cities across Australia, has vowed to crack down on “selfie” sticks, saying they are preventing concertgoers from enjoying the show.

Promoter AJ Maddah’s concerns come as the Sydney Entertainment Centre, now Qantas Credit Union Arena, confirmed to Fairfax Media that it too had recently cracked down on them by banning their use.

Etihad Stadium in MelbourneDomain Stadium in WA, Perth Arena, and Suncorp stadium in Brisbane have also started stating in ticket terms and conditions of recent events that they would refuse to allow entry to any reveller carrying the photography aids, dubbed “wands of narcissism”.

But the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where many of Australia’s football matches are held, is bucking the selfie stick ban trend, saying it allowed them as long as they didn’t “impede the view of those seated in the nearby area”.

“We have no plans to ban them at this stage,” a spokeswoman said.

Mr Maddah’s concerns came to a head on Sunday, following the Adelaide Soundwave.

“Dear people with those f—ing camera sticks: please have some consideration for people behind you trying to enjoy the show. Thank you,” Mr Maddah said on Twitter.

In a follow-up interview, Mr Maddah told Fairfax there were about a dozen people using the sticks at the Adelaide event. “It is just the ultimate expression of narcissism,” Mr Maddah said.

But the “biggest problem with the sticks had been in Melbourne, he said, with about 40 or 50 of them in use at the Soundwave there.”

“Most of them are pointed at the stage with kids taking photos. But I think the one that kind of put it in perspective for me was there was a band set going and a young girl pointed it at herself,” he said.

Asked if he was going to allow the sticks at Sydney’s Soundwave at Olympic Park, he said: “It’s absolutely not going to happen. We’re just not going to tolerate one person using them.”

If people did arrive with them, Mr Maddah said they were going to need to put them in a provided cloakroom.

Not only were the sticks enabling the “illegal recording” of a band’s set, Mr Maddah said, but they were also inconveniencing people around those who used them and causing safety issues

“It is insane that people don’t have enough courtesy to care about the people around them,” he said. “Just don’t bring them.”

In a statement, a Qantas Credit Union Arena spokeswoman said selfie sticks were banned at its venue because it didn’t “want our patron’s event experience being affected or ruined by others in front of them continually using these devices”.

It said cloaking facilities were available at the arena for prohibited items and that selfie sticks were banned “at most major arenas in Australia and around the world”.

I can see the benefits as well as the down side of selfies.  If you are inhibiting someone else’s experience, especially at a ticketed event, I would hope common sense would prevail. If you start making rules, where do you draw the line?  How are rules policed?

Make sure to find out if you are legally allowed to bring the stick to any event or venue before hand, and by all means snap and share, isn’t that what we all do? Your thoughts and opinions are welcome at Hall of Fame Marketing Bendigo.


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