New York museums banning selfie sticks

New York museums banning selfie sticks
It sounds like a scene from a comedy. A man visits a museum sporting a selfie stick. After snapping a selfie standing next to the remains of an ancient dinosaur, our hero turns around too quickly, hits the bones of the dino starting a domino-like crash. While that hasn't yet happened, it is the scenario that curators fear and is the reason why major museums in the Big Apple and elsewhere have banned selfie sticks from the premises.

Don't think that such a major tragedy can't happen. One museum visitor told a reporter for New York's WCBS that he witnessed a man's selfie stick come within a hair of taking out an entire dinosaur exhibit. In New York, the devices are now banned at the Museum of Modern Art, as well as the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is considering such a ban, which would match the decision made by other museums across the country. "You can, just by looking at this, imagine the havoc a selfie stick might wreak in this kind of space," said Jennifer Northrup of the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
A gentleman named Andrew DeLango said he almost witnessed a huge disaster when someone used a selfie stick just inches away from a dinosaur exhibit. "He could have knocked everything down, he could have been taking a selfie, then he hits one of the ribs," DeLango said.

What about those patrons of the arts who go to visit museums with their smartphone in tow? If you're visiting a museum, or even a china store, your best bet is to take selfies the old fashioned way. You know, the way they were taken in the old days of 2013 before the stick was launched.

source: CBSNewYork



1. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

I have never seen a selfie stick in real life, but I hope they ban them in enough places so that I never will.

2. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I think that selfies are idiotic and such sticks just increase the idiocy. However, idiocy is catapulted to the extreme when it's banned. Of course, in my visit to NYC, I was never commanded so often about what to do or not, by signs, signals and ignorant parasites in uniform.

5. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Could you explain why selfies are idiotic? :/

8. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

I'd like to answer this question, if that is all right: It may be the cynic in me, but our culture (American culture, to be specific) has become quite obsessed with taking and showing off pictures of ourselves. Apparently holding your phone out at arm's length was not good enough, as someone had the million-dollar idea to make a plastic stick you attach your phone to so you can take an ideal self-portrait. It's my opinion (and possibly others) that carrying a stick with your phone attached to it and using it in public looks just silly.

10. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Ok. That seems to be really it. But in Asia (at least, in Korea) I think selfie is another entertaining feature in this generation considering it is integrated into mobile ecosystem, especially in social network. It also plays a good role in emotional status. I think it's some kind of a miracle of bad mood. In my opinion, selfie takers shouldn't get offensive or abused, as it is just a personal preference. Anyway, I respect the US social life, and culture.

21. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

I hear you, though I'm kinda off-and-on about our culture in America; sometimes I'm pleased to be a part of it, other times I'm not...but I digress. I guess it's not all that bad to have something like a stick to help hold your phone and get the best image possible when snapping a pic of yourself or friends. It does look ridiculous, but then again, I've seen worse. :p

9. engineer-1701d unregistered

its sad that people take these i hate people taking selfies i hope they wall step into traffic or off a bridge waste of life

11. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

You can't say those horrible curses, dude. At least, we are humans!

3. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Just ban selfie sticks altogether. They are an abomination of society...

7. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Where is the love? Where is democracy?

4. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

My oh my, selfie stick haters. :3 Anyway, banning selfie sticks inside museums sounds good to me.

6. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

In Korea, selfie sticks have not yet been allowed due to safety concern and illegal import from outside the country. But soon, they will be allowed like in Japan.

12. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

Not allowed? As in you actively have laws that prohibit the specific use of selfie sticks? How about walking canes? Baseball bats? Tennis racquets? Kids picking up branches from the ground? Are all those illegal as well, or are there specific laws that allow these on a case-by-case basis?

16. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Yes. Selfie sticks really got banned in South Korea in 2014 partially due to their bluetooth technology (safety concern). Don't just jump all over him with your walking canes, baseball bats, blah blah.

18. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

Well, you'll forgive the gut reaction from someone born in a free country... I've got one word for this: Police state!

22. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

That's two words... and South Korea is no more a "police state" than the "free country" USA.

23. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Well, you see, S. Korea ranks much better in education than Murica...

17. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

There is some misunderstanding here. I meant selfie sticks that use bluetooth frequency to get contacted while taking selfie were not tested yet. That's why they aren't allowed yet. Moreover, those selfie sticks are mostly imported from abroad which are not certified yet. In Korea, not everything can be sold publicly without authority allowance,

13. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

wide angle lens is soon to be on most smartphones,selfie sticks will be no longer needed.

15. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Nope. It just makes selfie sticks more awesome, at least for me. I am now back on my One M8. I've taken a lot of group selfies with the M8 and the selfie stick. I'm talking about big groups here of 5-15 people, and we don't even have to try to squeeze faces into a small frame. I guess you're somewhat right though. It's not needed. But it's a fun supplement. XD

14. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Aaah, The selfie stick... the peak of our civilisation... human being truly is a moron, obviously.

19. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

Was it darkjedii on the pic above???? :)

20. aries.phills

Posts: 161; Member since: May 17, 2011

Oh please! I see nothing absolutely wrong with the stick . If you hate it, that's your opinion. But saying, using it is silly makes the statement a silly one.

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