Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Economy

A quick fix to your 15 Minutes of Fame?

*Pic: The insipid Dove Lake photo station – Pic Martin Hawes

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Pic: Rolf Ellersiek

Our modern narcissistic world is all about personal exposure and fame. Images on selfy-sticks and instagram are endlessly dominating our social media platforms.

Whilst it is great to share photos to our friends, it seems the whole outdoors scene in Tasmania may soon providing you with these opportunities, and unfortunately the tourism industry here thinks this is appropriate infrastructure in our National Parks now.

National Parks and World heritage Areas in Tasmania has become tourism-focused rather than managing conservation and the ethics behind it.

All you need to do is snap away at these photo points and ‘wham bam’ your famous on instagram for a few minutes.

So what’s next? – Will we see these photo stations ubiquitously installed all around our tourist view-points in the future?

These signs are indicative of the TICT and Liberal government’s ideology to promote and commodify our wild places into some form of neo-Disneyland.

This essentially means finding places void of human infrastructures in the future will become more of a challenge in our once beautiful and unspoilt places.

The Instagram craze is now heavily influencing where people are going, why they are going there, and what they do when they get there. An increasing number of people are travelling to places primarily to take selfies or to imitate photos that other people have already posted on Instagram.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-22/instagram-trophy-hunters-beating-destructive-path-in-tassie/9344444

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/travel-interests/arts-and-culture/how-instagram-is-changing-travel/

*Ted Mead believes the days of true exploration where one headed out on a journey of discovery to see what is there are almost gone! With the modern era of iphone or android ‘must haves’, replete with selfie sticks, these devices are now seemingly part of most people’s anatomy. There are very few places that haven’t been documented through the portable digital image, which can de-delivered widely to the mainstream social media world in seconds. ‘See me now’ is the neo-buzz phrase.

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Christine Simons

    May 24, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    How dopey.

    Years ago, in the the days of snapshots, at the very kitsch Fletcher Jones Gardens Warrnambool in Victoria, there was a “Kodak Vantage Point’ where you took your photos.

    This at Dove Lake, is it a joke?

  2. Robert Middleton

    May 24, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Please! Someone! Anyone! Reassure me that this hideous, vulgar sign is not real and does not actually exist at Dove Lake.

    The view of Cradle Mountain from Dove Lake is iconic, and pure Tasmania through and through. It is World Class. I consider it to be equal in terms of emotional impact to Kakadu and Uluru, as well as the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley in the U.S.

    Do visitors from afar really need to be told where to look, and what picture to take in a place of such unique wilderness beauty?

    This pathetic embarrassment of a sign is not world-class; it is No Class. Its amateurish design is totally out of character with its setting.

    This is criminal desecration of the common heritage of the Tasmanian people.

  3. Chris

    May 24, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Criminal desecration has nuffin’ on the above. I saw a pizza auditioning for his Logie award which is now COMMON place with him.
    The hand pumping adjectival BS that comes out of his mouth is evident.
    Oh god, keep him away from us.

  4. Chris

    May 24, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Simple solution .. put a sign in front of the pollies’ residences and show the world the CRAP we have to put up with.

  5. Duncan Grant

    May 24, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    I think it is a great idea. And it is not about selfies, but capturing the changing moods of the landscape. Certainly a good marketing tool for Tasmania.

    Without tourism, there would be less funding for National Parks. If you check out the Instagram page, one can see how popular it is, and some great shots, too. Very few selfies:

    https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/cradle365/?hl=en

  6. MjF

    May 24, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    This just reflects the mentality of the bulk of “tourists” these days .. their absolute dependence on devices and social media platforms – not to mention the direction of Parks.
    Completely sad.
    What would Gustav be thinking ?

  7. Geoff Holloway

    May 24, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Excellent brief article Ted, and I could not agree more with your ‘National Parks and World heritage Areas in Tasmania has become tourism-focused rather than managing conservation and the ethics behind it.’

    Let´s do something about it now, before it is too late!

  8. Mary

    May 25, 2018 at 1:03 am

    A wise man once said that hard times create strong men, strong men create good times, good times create weak men and weak men create hard times.

    Previous generations were strong men, hardened by fire .. but we now live in a safe, good times world. We became soft.

    All this liberalism and issues like national parks forgetting they’re there to actually protect the environment, and instead only want more tourists – that’s the prime example. I fear we’ll need another war or something just as horrible for the people to regain their collective minds … https://www.bizinfo.in/

  9. Clive Stott

    May 25, 2018 at 4:34 am

    I am wondering what kind of people thought this thing was a good idea, and what kind of people feel the need to use it.

    Where do you stick your SLR, compact, or polaroid camera?

    Is it removable for those wanting to do serious photography?

  10. Doug Nichols

    May 25, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    #9 … The camera goes on top.

    You can see the right-angle bracket in the photo. People are so much like sheep that they need to be told, not only where to stand to get their shot of Cradle Mountain, but also precisely how to position their camera!

  11. john hayward

    May 25, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    The pic above is about as good as it gets, unless you want crowd scenes of the sort you get on a morning commuter train.

    For a Liberal, however, paying passengers are a thing of ineffable beauty.

    John Hayward

  12. Poppy Lopatniuk

    May 26, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    And who is the biggest selfie-taker tourist of them all? Aha! The ever-smiling Malcolm Turnbull!

  13. pat synge

    May 31, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    This has nothing to do with selfies.

    The intent is to capture a series of photos taken from exactly the same position in differing light/weather conditions. This can then make a visually interesting (and even scientifically worthwhile) record, and doesn’t prevent individuals from composing their own shots. Obviously shots taken in front of the sign will capture it as well.

    I would suggest however, that the installation be less obtrusive with the explanation at ground level.

  14. Ted Mead

    June 3, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Pat … Correct – I’m sure this wasn’t designed with the selfie in mind, but it would be a sure bet that there are many who move in front of the view field to get their mug in the image.

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