GoPro Extension Pole the New Bluetooth Headset Dork Accessory?

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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?

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Funnily enough I had never seen (or maybe never noticed) these go pro extension poles, or selfie poles. I’m not sure I’d know the difference. Then I went out on an errand to buy clothes for my children in London, since BA lost a bag of ours. This was immediately after I read your column, and it was new year’s eve, and on the tube were a group of people heading out, who had obviously begun their celebrating earlier in the day and one of them had one of these poles. It was really funny. Didn’t happen to be inconveniencing… Read more »

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John

I have no problem with the selfie and GoPro sticks. I saw many during a recent trip to Japan. Yeah, they can be annoying and even idiotic… …however, my own travel experience is not dependent on what others are carrying. However, I don’t like crowds when I travel, and the proliferation of credit card pushing bloggers, cheap FF miles, LCCs, and the rise of the middle class in developing countries, has meant that there are more crowds at sites today than in the past. A trip to Angkor Wat used to require a 10-hour bus ride, for example. Today, you… Read more »

Nancy
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I’m so with you on this. Let’s experience the world first-hand, not through a lens, much less a lens on a stick.

Becky
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Those poles drive me nuts! I was on top of a mountain in Nepal earlier this fall and EVERYONE seemed to have one. Not only did I have to aim my camera around tourists in order to get a photo, but I also had to creatively angle not to get their poles in my shot. I have nothing against the poles themselves, but tourists seem to think it gives them the right to be inconsiderate to other travelers as poles block walkways, hit people on the head, and are generally a nuisance.

Jason
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Jason

The headline alone got my blood pumping. I hate those things. I was recently in Iguazu Falls where the railings around the viewpoints gets very crowded with people trying to take pictures. It’s 10X worse with the tools wielding those selfie sticks. They nearly hit everyone around them, push other people out of the way because of the extended view they can get, and ruin other people’s photos by extending the stick over the railing.

Autolycus
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Autolycus

After my wife and I saw the thousandth tourist in New Zealand using a GoPro or phablet on a stick to take a photo or vine video of a mountain/glacier/waterfall, we decided that the next big thing was definitely going to be a stick for full-size tablets. We just need to figure out how to get the stick to push the virtual shutter release to get ours on Kickstarter and be “it”.

Autolycus
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Autolycus

After my wife and I saw the thousandth tourist in New Zealand using a GoPro or phablet on a stick, we decided that the next big thing was definitely going to be a stick for full-size tablets. We just need to figure out how to get the stick to push the virtual shutter release to get ours on Kickstarteter and be “it”.