Forbes Living notes that a few decades ago, there lived a generation whose major claim to fame was being the most self-absorbed group of people the world had ever seen. By all accounts, those individuals have been bested by the current crop of young people. Think of them as “The Selfie Generation”. Of course, part of this phenomenon is the existence of the ubiquitous digital camera, aka, the smart phone, which not only enables them to take pictures anywhere, anytime and without processing and printing costs, but these devices are also engineered to make it easy to snap that all-too-tempting selfie. So while on vacation or when visiting interesting places or taking in fascinating sights, the tradition is no longer to take a photograph of the stunning scenery … but to take a photograph of your stunning self against the backdrop of the scenery. It’s obvious from the composition of these shots which one is more important in the photographer’s mind.
Forbes Living notes that one popular tourist destination is trying to eradicate the selfie craze.
The Forbes Living TV show reports that one lush travel destination has done something about it. La Garoupe, a posh beach in the south of France, has posted notices that selfies, which they refer to as “braggies” will not be tolerated. No selfies alowed. They even set up signage declaring the beach a Braggie-Free Zone. There are also “Holiday Spam Police” patrolling the strand in order to surpress such egotistical behavior. This initiative will no doubt bring a new level of taste to online social media. If the beach is attractive, let us see a good picture of the beach, without the photographer dominating 2/3 of the frame. While no one wants to see the quashing of personal freedoms, this measure will permit the rest of us freedom from these irritating moments of self-worship.