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The scourge of selfie sticks

Presented (mostly) without comment.

The Blanton Museum, in Austin, as well as the Dallas Museum of Art and the Perot Museum of Natural Science, in Dallas, all have bans on tripods and monopods that extend to selfie sticks, leaving visitors to settle for mediocre, arm-length-only selfies. Bummer! Most museums have rules against bringing tripods into their exhibition halls anyway—taking a family portrait in front of your favorite Pollock piece is a tad disruptive to other visitors—and these three museums are following a recent pattern of outlawing selfie sticks in places where they might infringe upon another person’s experience.

There are plenty of people who argue that taking selfies in museums is great, and you should just do you when it comes to enjoying some of the world’s greatest works of art. Selfies are cultural artifacts too! There are entire Tumblr blogs dedicated to memorializing some of our time’s greatest moments of digital self-portraiture, think pieces have been written, and Kim Kardashian is releasing what could be the definitive piece of selfie literature. Take all the selfies you want—just check to make sure your new selfie stick is allowed before you head out for your next museum day.

I have taken a selfie or two, although they have so far all been group shots. To be honest, I’m of a sufficiently advanced age that I probably couldn’t see the screen clearly enough at greater than arm’s length to know if the picture I’m lining up is worth taking. I’d probably feel a little ridiculous carrying a selfie stick around with me anyway. If neither of those conditions apply to you, then go ahead and knock yourself out. Just don’t, you know, knock over any priceless works of art.

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One Comment

  1. alicepattinson04 says:

    I think nowadays everyone know about Selfie Stick Pro but not all uses it. 🙂