US music festivals ban selfie sticks

30 Mar 2015

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The great selfie stick crackdown continues with US music festivals Coachella and Lollapalooza joining the list of events and establishments to ban the extendable metal staffs.

Coachella’s 'Rules and Policies' now state 'No selfie sticks/narsisstics' (an expression the festival appears to have come up with itself), while Lollapalooza list 'GoPro attachments like sticks, selfie sticks & monopods' under items that are not allowed.

A natural, ahem, ‘extension’ to the popular selfie style of photography, selfie sticks allow smartphone users to snap photos of themselves from distances greater than their puny human arms can manage.

Irish festivals, like Electric Picnic and Forbidden Fruit, have yet to prohibit the device, but selfie sticks have been banned from a number of Dublin venues, including the 3Arena and Olympia Theatre.

Earlier this month, the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles and the Pompidou Centre in Paris all begun ordering visitors to put away their selfie sticks amid fears they could damage some of the exhibits.

Not even the video games of your childhood are safe. Last month, a game modifier known as Linguica released a selfie stick add-on to classic first-person shoot-em-up Doom that allows the unnamed main character to take a break from ploughing his way through wave after wave of invading demons from Hell to take a quick photo of himself.

Selfie stick image via Shutterstock

Dean is a freelance journalist and editor covering media.

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