I realize Anchor Gail will not be reading this little diatribe,
but she blew it today on CBS This Morning, when she
ended the segment siding with museum attendees' use of
selfie sticks (she used the ubiquitous term, "bottom line").
The story announced a new policy: museums around the
world wisely will now prohibit the use of selfie sticks on
So-called great positive points of this practice:
(1) So selfie sticks produce better pix--so what?
(2) So the museums are garnering free promotion--and?
(3) So these pix promote the young's feeling they
are cultured by emailing their friends--oh yeah?
These very dubious "benefits" are far outweighed
by the following serious negatives:
(A) Being so self-absorbed WILL create accident
scenarios and painting damage, bank on it, if that
hasn't indeed already occurred. Museums
shouldn't be victimized by frivolous, erroneous
lawsuits--or tragedies...ditto for any attendees.
Remember, there are a lot of unaware klutzes
(2) Museum curators and directors should not
allow so much photo-taking, period. Do they
wish to preserve these incomparable artworks
--or not? Maybe a little judicious study of light
and flash effects on paintings IS in order...Physics
is fundamental; forget that and risk plenty.
To those "cultured and aware attendees": buy postcards
in museum's gift shops--the photos are better, you'll have
a great memento, and/or it's a very special, personal way
to connect with friends and family--when you actually
send them out. Oh, and it helps defray any museum's
high operating costs.
I was shocked by Gail's opinion, as I usually really
like her, her appearance and attitudes...but nobody's
perfect, not even me, sadly.
Signing off now
The Mean Old Hall Monitor
P.S.: I still back our president's use of the stick
in the White House; there ARE exceptions to