About a month ago my fiancé and I went out to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a post engagement celebration. We did everything from whitewater rafting to seeing Ole Faithful and the Tetons to hanging out at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar. The highlight of the trip was the wildlife expedition and South loop tour of Yellowstone National Park.
This is where my social media gone wild comes in – you would not believe the lengths people go to get a good picture of a wild animal to post on their desired social community aka Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. On this expedition we saw moose, bald eagles, golden eagles, bison and several uniformed people. While we were there, the authorities closed the road where bears had been spotted because a woman took it upon herself to get out of her car and approach a grizzly bear in order to get a photo. This woman got so close that the bear actually charged her! She was not seriously injured, but she ruined the trip for visitors, like me, hopeful to see a bear.
If you ever drive around Jackson and see 10 to 20 cars pulled over on the side of the road you know there is wildlife of some sort around. This is how we ran into about 30 bison grazing on the side of the road. Our group stayed in the van and observed by sticking our heads out of the sunroofs. There were parents getting photo ops of these with their young children with no regard to the fact that they are dangerous animals and in the wild. The man in the picture above was shooting photos as well. The image above is not photoshopped in any way – he is standing only five feet away from these beasts. Another 20-something man, camera ready with his iPhone, was snapping photos literally a foot from a 2,000 pound mature bull. After taking many photos, we witnessed him going to town on his phone where I assume he was drafting a post for Facebook or Instagram bragging about how close he got to this wild animal.
This is an age where almost everyone is an amateur photographer and starving for likes and comments with each Facebook post. People are willing to overlook reality and risk injury or their life just to get a popular post.
Do you think people have gone too far? Where do you draw the line with social?