Social Media, Skiing, and the "Me Generation"
By P.C. | Tuesday, November 8
Is oversharing ruining winter sports?
Whenever I go on social media these days, everyone is constantly sharing pictures and videos of their experiences, related to skiing or not. I mean, what’s the harm in taking some awesome footy of that sweet kicker you found in the middle of nowhere. Vail resorts has embraced this trend, setting up designated areas and photographers at the tops of chairlifts, for you to take the same photo as every other family passing by that day.
Now what happens at Vail resorts isn’t indicative of the entire skiing community, but it can be added to the list of things integrating skiing culture with social media. I mean, back in my day, we just skied for the heck of it - kids these days, right? Actually, it’s a bit more complicated than that - The Atlantic reports that millennials only just as narcissistic as previous generations - we just observe it more. It’s become the social norm for somebody to post the first footage of their kid skiing on facebook, as opposed to just putting a picture of it into an album to gather dust.
On the other side of the coin, there are the people that use their footage to improve themselves. We don’t rail on football players who spend ridiculous amounts of time reviewing tape of themselves in order to see what they can do better. It’s impossible to judge somebody who has enough passion in their sport to look over every turn they make on the mountain, every flip they attempt in the park, in order to make sure they nail it next time.
And yeah, the amount of quality footage is staggering, regardless of its reasons for being on the internet. Sure I can make the snap judgement when I see Jerry struggling to hit the record button as he gets off the chair, but who am I to speak when I’m watching his awesome edit of him crushing the lines that I wouldn't dare go down.
I guess you can just add me to the crowd of hypocritical curmudgeons that writeclaim that stopping to take photos and videos takes away from the experience, while at the same time turning around to take a selfie.
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