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自拍之疯:用生命自拍可取吗? Selfie madness: too many dying to get the pic

2015-09-10 07:41[资讯快报] 来源: 浏览: 次 评论:



The rise of selfie photography in some of the world's most beautiful, and dangerous, places is sparking a range of interventions aimed at combating risk-taking that has resulted in a string of gruesome deaths worldwide.

The act of taking a picture of oneself with a mobile phone, placing the subject centre-stage, has exploded in popularity in recent years, with everyone from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to U.S. President Barack Obama joining in.

But the selfie has also inspired a spate of risk taking and offensive public behaviour, pushing the boundaries of safety and decorum, whether by dangling from a skyscraper or posing with live explosives.




Several governments and regulatory bodies have now begun treating the selfie as a serious threat to public safety, leading them to launch public education campaigns reminiscent of those against smoking and binge drinking.

Dozens of grisly selfie-related deaths and injuries in early 2015 led Russia's Interior Ministry to launch a campaign warning avid mobile phone snappers about the danger of, among other things, posing for a selfie with a lion.

In June, two men in the Ural Mountains died after posing pulling the pin from a hand grenade; in May a woman survived shooting herself in the head in her Moscow office; a month later a 21-year-old university graduate plunged 40 feet (12 metres) to her death while posing hanging from a Moscow bridge.
6月,两名男子在乌拉尔山脉(Ural Mountains)摆拍拉开手榴弹保险销,引爆手榴弹后丧生;5月,一名女子在其位于莫斯科的办公室内不慎开枪击中自己头部,但死里逃生;一个月后,一位21岁的大学毕业生悬挂在莫斯科一座40英尺(12米高)的大桥拍照时坠桥身亡。

"A cool selfie could cost you your life," reads a poster from the campaign, which includes safety videos and information booklets.




Despite Russia's diplomatic isolation over its support for separatist rebels in Ukraine, on the issue of dangerous selfies the Kremlin finds itself in accord with the European union   and the United States.

In Texas on Wednesday, a 19-year-old father of two died after shooting himself in the neck during a selfie. In Yellowstone National Park exasperated officials issued warnings after five separate selfie takers were gored this summer while standing too near bison.

The European union   in June proposed a law to criminalise social media posts containing pictures of landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Rome's Trevi Fountain. And in India this week officials said they were implementing a "no selfie zone" at the Hindu Kumbh Mela festival over fears they may cause stampedes.
欧盟6月建议立法禁止在社交网站上传包含各类地标建筑的照片,如巴黎的埃菲尔铁塔(Eiffel Tower)和罗马的特莱维喷泉(Trevi Fountain)。本周印度有官员称,他们正在印度教大壶节(Kumbh Mela)期间建立“无自拍区”,以免发生踩踏事件。


Yet despite the risks, selfies are more popular than ever, according to data from Google Trends. Searches for the term were up eight times in 2014 over the previous year, leading the Internet search giant to dub it "The Year of the Selfie".

Selfies tend to attract a type of person already more likely to push the boundaries of normal behaviour, says Jesse Fox, an assistant professor of communications at Ohio State University.
俄亥俄州立大学研究人际交流的助理教授杰西•福克斯(Jesse Fox)表示,对于那些本就更可能突破正常行为的界限的人来说,自拍往往更有吸引力。

Her research says people exhibiting the so-called Dark Triad of personality traits - narcissism, Machiavellianism and psychopathy - are likely to pursue selfie glory regardless of who gets hurt in the process.
她的研究称,拥有自恋,不择手段且神经兮兮的所谓“黑暗三性格”(Dark Triad)特点的人,他们更可能只追求拍出精彩的自拍,不在乎过程中谁受到伤害。黑暗三性格指自恋癖、为达目的不择手段的马基雅维里主义(Machiavellianism)和心理病态。

"It's all about me. It's putting me in the frame. I'm getting attention and when I post that to social media, I'm getting the confirmation that I need from other people that I'm awesome," Fox told Reuters.

"You don't care about the tourist attraction you're destroying; you don't care about annoying people in your social media feed ... you're not even thinking about the consequences of your actions, so who cares if you're dangling off the side of the Eiffel Tower?"

That has not stopped some countries trying to capitalise on the trend's popularity.

Tourism Australia this week launched a campaign promising an opportunity to take the "World's Largest Selfie", aimed at selfie-mad Japan.

They have installed several so-called GigaSelfie platforms in some of the country's most breathtaking environs from which, with an associated app, visitors can capture an ultra hi-resolution shot taken by a far away camera.



binge drinking:酗酒


(hand) grenade:手榴弹







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