A SEA OF CELLPHONE WATCHERS,
AND NOBODY IS REALLY THERE
I love the US National Parks. So do many people around the world. They are packed with international tourists. Buses are full. Especially of Japanese. Watching them juggle selfie sticks,create the perfect facial expression, arrange their colorful clothing just so, then finally snap themselves looming in the foreground of every corner of the park, oblivious to the real world around them, fascinates me.
A recent article described obsessive selfie photographers, as budding sociopaths disconnected from the real world, and unable to appreciate anything their big face on a 5×4 screen. They visit scenic places but never really see them, and never really experience the intense emotion of being there. Every event is a selfie event, to be captured for later, or maybe to impress acquaintances, waiting breathlessly on Instagram. The author mentions that at rock concerts, the audience is a sea of cell phone watchers, and nobody is really there.