Phrase of the moment: “outdoor ethics”


What should be done about tourists who behave uncivilly, unsafely or illegally for that once-in-a-lifetime selfie?

A piece on Quartz by Rosie Spinks says a petition is brewing that would call for Facebook and Instagram to enable a reporting system for people who are shown in photos breaking the law.

What they have in mind are trespassers, people flying drones in unauthorized areas, disturbing wildlife and other such jackassery, who then geotag their photos, which encourages a surge in visitation and additional attempts to capture a similar selfie.

The petition talks about “outdoor ethics” and a growing concern that “outdoor influencer culture” should be forced by company policy to set a better example for the sake of historic landmarks, public and personal safety and for the environment.