Is it ethical to take a selfie at a tragic site, like Chernobyl or Auschwitz?

How should we share photos on social media of places that are simultaneously sites of tragedy and sites of tourism?

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  • Flipphone , 00
    June 24, 2019 11:09 a.m.

    What is truly amazing is the lack of Historical knowledge by AOC.

  • shamrock Salt Lake City, UT
    June 24, 2019 8:56 a.m.

    I don't see it so much as an ethical question as a psychological phenomenon. It may not be "wrong" to take such pictures, but the mania for selfies reveals a lot about the self-absorption and lack of awareness of the photo-takers. They're so busy taking photos of themselves and their friends that they're hardly present in the environment, whether it's Auschwitz or the Grand Canyon or the Metropolitan Museum of Art. That's kind of pathetic.

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    June 24, 2019 5:56 a.m.

    I live in NYC and SLC, when friends are in town we sometimes go downtown to the 9/11 Memorial. I find it very unsettling when I see folks taking selfies at the two tower memorials. Somehow it takes away the solemness of a memorial where over 3,000 lost their life, right where they are standing.....

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    June 23, 2019 11:26 a.m.

    "Is there something inherently disrespectful in the act of taking pictures of oneself at a tragic or sacred site?"

    Meanwhile back at home, no one complains when selfies are taken at "Ground Zero" in New York; where thousands were killed by terrorists on 9/11/2001. No one complains when Deseret News plasters photos of "Bears Ears" which is held sacred to Native Americans; and only half (completely partisan) got upset when Obama declared it a national monument thus making it a tourist site like Chernobyl or Auschwitz.

    The answer is NO; there is nothing disrespectful in taking a picture of oneself anywhere in this world and posting it to social media. Only showing the hypocrisy of "Politically Correct" people who care about some places; but completely disregard other places equally tragic or sacred.

    In truth everywhere in this world has had something "tragic" happen; and the deaths of people. I ask, is it disrespectful to post a photo of yourself at a cemetery? a battlefield (think Gettysburg)? a ghost town? etc.

    Since the inception of cameras; humans have been taking and sharing pictures of places that have meaning to them: sacred, in remembrance, or simply souvenirs of travel.

  • mominthetrenches South Jordan, UT
    June 23, 2019 12:23 a.m.

    It is true-everyone takes pics of places they are touring. If its not appropriate, maybe these places should post signage around, that due to the nature of this site, taking photos are not allowed.

  • Not another naysayer Lehi, UT
    June 22, 2019 3:06 p.m.

    Why must society judge the intents of everyone? If you take a selfie in Auschwitz you are shamed. Give it up. Stop judging and dictating who can do what and how and when.

  • ER in AF GT, 00
    June 22, 2019 11:28 a.m.

    I think NO.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    June 22, 2019 10:10 a.m.

    Those who don't remember the past are doomed to repeat it.

    Today, remembering uses selfies and social media.

    Welcome to the new millennium!

  • BobP CA, 00
    June 22, 2019 10:02 a.m.

    I visited Auschwitz a few years ago. Did I take a selfie? No, but I did buy a few pictures. What I did feel was an overwhelming rage that such a monstrous event could have taken place. A smiling face at that place is a not appropriate.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    June 22, 2019 6:24 a.m.

    Asking if something is ethical is asking if some group has come out against it or if there are rules against it.

    A better question is, ... Is it wrong? .. If done respectfully, I can't see why it would be.

  • Yorkshire Logan, UT
    June 22, 2019 5:24 a.m.

    I'm fascinated at the numbers of people these days who can not just take a picture.
    It must have them In the picture, selfie or otherwise.

    What is this terrible need to be in every picture??