PD has cataloged the dangers posed by social media and selfies before, touching on the lice risk and property damage, but the new collective rise in getting just the right snap has led Big Government to step in.
In Australia, NSW Parks and Wildlife rangers have introduced steep fines to prevent tourists from capturing their ideal Instagram shot at Wedding Cake Rock.
Yes, despite a slew of signs, a 1.6m high fence, and a 2015 geotechnical report warning that the rock could collapse at any moment, the NPWS still sees the need to continue fining tourists up to $3,300.
According to the rangers, “It is extremely difficult to try to regulate this behavior when people are intent on ignoring the signage, avoiding detection and intentionally going over the fence.”
Hard to regulate?
Is it really the role of the government to regulate travel snaps?
Here’s an idea: Maybe don’t regulate.
Maybe just let people do it, and if they are willing to die for their Instagram, well—okay.
Really. If their social media is that important to them, and they have been informed of the dangers, more taxpayer dollars spent on policing the area and writing up regulations is not necessarily the solution.
Perhaps a little personal responsibility should enter the mix.
Now, that’s definitely brilliant.