Down With Selfie Sticks?

Rob Watson, Rob Watson Media, Mar 17, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I saw my first selfie stick last September and the reaction since then has been, well, negative. Rob Watson questions this. "It seems that users of selfie sticks have broken some kind of taboo? A taboo that says that we shouldn’t be so obvious when we take our self-images using our phones?" But they've been banned from some museums and are the subject of scorn. But Watson resists this response, and I agree, "Just consider for moment what you would be trashing," he says. "The active participation of people as a social group who have strong social ties, and that are embedded in a location or a venue. How can anyone complain about that?" Photo: me!

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