If you’re not familiar with the selfie stick, you’re…probably a good, upstanding person who would recoil in horror once you found out what a selfie stick was. Introduced from the bowels of Silicon Valley last year, the selfie stick is a long pole with an attachment made to hold one’s smartphone so that one can take clearer self-portraits (selfies, in the parlance of our times.) While selfie sticks haven’t exactly blown up in popularity, the very nature of their existence has been enough to draw the ire of many. It’s gotten so bad that even the organizers of Coachella and Lollapalooza are chiming in with the announcement that they will ban the devices from their festival.
Both fests seem to be instilling the ban in an attempt to cut down on illegal filming of the performances, with Lollapalooza adding GoPro video camera attachments to their list of banned items. However, Coachella’s organizers got a dig in at the kind of people who would own a selfie stick by dubbing them “narcissitics.”
It should be noted that other major festivals, including Bonnaroo, have not explicitly banned the selfie stick from their events. Still, we would ask that festivalgoers do the world a favor and not bring those things to a festival, or buy them in the first place.