Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Record This: Turn It Off

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Record This: Turn It Off

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Editorial Exchange: Record this: turn it off

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An editorial from the Kamloops Daily News, published Dec. 9:

For those who thought today's culture of narcissism reached its zenith with Facebook, meet GoPro.

Skiers, snowboarders, mountain bikers, skydivers -- none are immune to the desire to record humdrum soft adventure and attempt to turn it into a Warren Miller-style flick.

From kiddies on the bunny slope to oldsters downhilling at Sun Peaks Resort, the urge to strap a tiny video recorder to a helmet and push "record" -- on what is otherwise an everyday occurrence -- is growing.

It doesn't stop there, however. Like the uncle who forced you to watch his vacation slide show 30 years ago, the self-obsessed are compelled to show the world their ride-bike-ski through YouTube -- to the boredom of their friends and family who click on the link sent through email.

Sure, the technology can be used to improve sports performance. Even cellphones can be used to provide slow-motion recording for sports -- letting dad fix his golf swing or helping junior to improve his slapshot. …

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