Bans Shorten the Worldwide Reach of the Selfie Stick

Article by Harley Chase | esPResso Staff Writer


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What do music festivals, museums and South Korea all have in common? Their recent bans on selfie sticks.

As the “selfie” has become a popular term, these selfie sticks are showing up everywhere from sporting events and classic tourist spots to concerts and more. However, this new fad may quickly fade due to all the negative press and multiple bans that have recently been put in place

Big name music festivals, such as Lollapalooza and Coachella, have announced their bans on selfie sticks for this year’s events. Coachella‘s “Rules & Policies” page on its website bluntly states, “No selfie sticks/narsisstics,” alluding to the negative connotation that comes along with using one. Lollapalooza has more subtly added selfie sticks and other camera equipment to their “Prohibited Items” list. According to PR Newser, those who support the ban explain that it is necessary because selfie sticks can block the view of other concert-goers and be potentially dangerous.

When asked about these recent bans, Natalie Zaleski, a junior at Marist College and an avid concert-goer, commented, “It’s a smart move that festivals are banning the use of selfie sticks. People don’t pay hundreds of dollars to have their view blocked by someone’s selfie stick,” she said. “These organizations are simply making reactive decisions that will benefit the most people attending these festivals. And as for those who are angry about the bans, they need to realize going to these concerts shouldn’t be about their Instagram picture getting hundred of likes, but it’s about the experience and the music.”

No matter what decision these festivals make in regards to the selfie stick, there is still going to be opposition and backlash. However, these festivals are being proactive about appealing to their main consumers, the festival-goers who attend to enjoy the music and shows.


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The selfie stick has gained negative attention worldwide, as such bans increase. At locations from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to the Palace of Versailles in France, the use of selfie sticks has been strictly prohibited and the list continues to grow. According to Condé Nast Traveler, the use and selling of selfie sticks that utilize a Bluetooth feature is considered “liable to certification” by the South Korean government and users can face potential fines.

So, what is the life span of the selfie stick? As these bans continue to come about, we may see the end of the selfie stick trend sometime in the near future.


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