If you thought taking photos in public with an iPad was embarrassing, you haven’t seen the MacBook Selfie Stick.
As the name suggests, it’s a selfie stick strong enough to hold a MacBook. But… why?
The website for the contraption shows artists using the MacBook Selfie Stick around New York City, including in Times Square and Washington Square Park. In some of the photos, you can see passers-by looking confused and bewildered — understandably so.
To be clear, though: These MacBook Selfie Sticks aren’t for sale. The photo series is an art piece credited to its creators, Moises, John Yuyi and Tom Galle, who have built technology-centered art pieces before.
The stick itself looks much larger than any standard selfie stick, most likely to make up for the 2-pound Apple laptop. It looks like you need to hold it with two hands, though, removing the convenience of a selfie stick to begin with. Plus, there’s no confirmation that it even takes pictures
Artistically, what does it mean? Of course, it’s a blatant attack on society’s obsession with self and vanity. Using a larger piece of technology is absurdist, bringing attention to the selfie sticks that we have gotten used to. These artists intentionally make themselves stick out by looking absolutely ridiculous, expanding the size of their own selfie game, acting as a sort of magnifying glass turned toward standard selfie culture.
Is it effective? Who knows. All I can say is… KUDOS to these artists for being part of the “Technological Pushback” that we IN FACT see emerging!
Below is a Popwerpoint presentation we developed for an online learning company based in China. It addresses this very topic / issue and is aimed at the Chinese. They should really love it as it takes aim at their current “culture” here and berates it.
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