Romantic restaurant, white tablecloth, dimly lit and this dope is holding a GoPro on an extension pole to record his smiling mug and his female companion’s embarrassed downward expression.
That was yesterday. Today I walk through World Trade Center for a cameo office appearance at my job, dodging spacey GoPro extension wielders as they twirl in a clumsy Icecapades.
GoPro has its uses, it has allowed the world to share the road with moronic Russian drivers, for instance.
When I see these oblivious pole-wielders I think back to circa-2009 when Americans decided they needed Bluetooth headsets permanently attached to their ears and thought they looked good. There is the occasional public holdout, however most have retreated to cars and private rooms.
Then came the continuing onslaught of walking phone nosers, who can’t be bothered to look up as they disrupt traffic down the sidewalk.
Now the GoPro extension pole. Is the iPad extension pole next? Perhaps widescreen theater with surround sound, harking back to the shoulder boomboxes of the 80s?
There is a serious point to be made, the more we diddle around with tech to record and ‘augmented reality’ to supposedly inform, the less we experience the world we came to see. The extension pole turns the camera around from seeing the world as the holder moves through it, to seeing the holder through a bumbling selfie lens.
Readers, what’s your take on proper GoPro extension pole etiquette?