InstaFame

THE FALL OUT

Destinations across the world are being impacted from social media and mass tourism in more ways than one. Whilst the rise of social media has contributed to the problems throughout the world, we can’t discount human nature, ignorance and our overwhelming desire to destroy things.

But what role has social media actually played? Well it’s intensified the effects.

National Geographic reported that social media savvy travellers are increasingly drawing their destination inspiration from Instagram - but at what cost?

“Instagram, now six years old has more than 500 million active users sharing an average of 80 million photos a day” Carrie Miller National Geographic. In the same article she interviewed Chris Burkard (@chrisburkard) a photographer, instagrammer and influencer with a following of more than 3.2million, who has met tourists who have specifically travelled to locations he has photographed and or added them to their travel wish list. In fact he is quoted as saying “Now you’re less than 10 clicks away from seeing an image on Instagram to purchasing a ticket to go there”.

Source: Chris Burkard  (via National Geographic)

Source: Chris Burkard (via National Geographic)

But what is the cost?

In the last six months since beginning this documentary, I have been bombarded with news articles and reports from all around the world of destinations being impacted, the closure of locations, mass tourism, selfie injuries and deaths. In a recent article in Australia, a Study found 259 people died taking selfies between 2011 and 2017.

Travel accounts, national and state tourism boards use social media and influencers to promote destinations to boost local tourism, but the amplifier effect of that is forcing the closure of locations and reprehensible damage. But I am not sure that Instagram can fully be blamed.

The closure of locations such as Helensburgh Tunnel NSW, The destruction and demolition of DuckBill Rock in Oregon, The Beach closed in Asia, The Great Orme Graffitied in Wales are the result of stupidity rather than Instagram directly, however in all these cases it was for a slice of InstaFame.


Recently IN The Media

Thailand bay made famous by The Beach closed indefinitely  The Guardian - 03 October, 2018

Thailand bay made famous by The Beach closed indefinitely

The Guardian - 03 October, 2018

People continue to risk live at this Instagram famous bridge.  News.com.au - October, 2018

People continue to risk live at this Instagram famous bridge.

News.com.au - October, 2018

Skomer puffin photographers are crushing birds to death  The Telegraph - July 31, 2018

Skomer puffin photographers are crushing birds to death

The Telegraph - July 31, 2018

Man and woman fall to death from Yosemite National Park cliff  BBC - October 26, 2018

Man and woman fall to death from Yosemite National Park cliff

BBC - October 26, 2018

Study finds 259 people died taking selfies between 2011 and 2017  News.com.au - September, 2018

Study finds 259 people died taking selfies between 2011 and 2017

News.com.au - September, 2018

Woman who fell to death taking selfie on 27th floor balcony pictured  Metro - October 15, 2018

Woman who fell to death taking selfie on 27th floor balcony pictured

Metro - October 15, 2018

More than 250 people have died while trying to take selfies, study finds  CNBC - October 04, 2018

More than 250 people have died while trying to take selfies, study finds

CNBC - October 04, 2018

Liked To Death: Is Instagram & Social Media Ruining Travel?  Expert Vagabond - September, 2018

Liked To Death: Is Instagram & Social Media Ruining Travel?

Expert Vagabond - September, 2018

Instagram warning after tourist taking photos plunges to his death at The Gap in Albany  ABC News - May 19, 2018

Instagram warning after tourist taking photos plunges to his death at The Gap in Albany

ABC News - May 19, 2018

Vandals Destroy 'Duckbill' Rock Formation at Oregon National Park  CNTraveler - September 06, 2016

Vandals Destroy 'Duckbill' Rock Formation at Oregon National Park

CNTraveler - September 06, 2016

'Disgraceful' vandals target Great Orme with graffiti  BBC - August 03, 2018

'Disgraceful' vandals target Great Orme with graffiti

BBC - August 03, 2018

Swarms of Instagrammers force a Canadian sunflower farm to ban all visitors  The Verge - August 02, 2018

Swarms of Instagrammers force a Canadian sunflower farm to ban all visitors

The Verge - August 02, 2018


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