Lion of the Blogosphere

Instagram is ruining natural wonders

I’ve previously done posts about articles like this (which are kind of jokes, but not entirely jokes):

Things that Instagram is ruining
More thinks that Instagram is ruining

I’m surprised to see the New York Times stoop to this nonsense. If a particular hiking trail suddenly becomes popular, I don’t necessarily see this as a big problem. Aren’t the purpose of hiking trails that people can hike on them?

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Fiddlesticks writes in a comment:

This is certainly an about-face from (pre-Instagram mania) 2010, when the NYTimes was concerned that national “parks’ very survival” hinged on attracting more American NAMs, and there was also hand-wringing about occupancy rules hindering “extended Latino families” from enjoying big banquets on the land.

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Good catch!

How about this quote from the article:

Park Service officials have identified factors like cost, travel distance and lack of information — for example, ignorance about what activities the parks offer — as barriers to visits.

But now that Instagram is supplying information about what’s offered at a park, now that’s said to be “ruining” the park because too many people are visiting!

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 30, 2018 at 1:46 PM

Posted in Bobos, Technology

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  1. Good hiking trails aren’t too crowded. The entire point of hiking is to get away from other people.

    everybodyhatesscott

    November 30, 2018 at 1:58 PM

  2. This is certainly an about-face from (pre-Instagram mania) 2010, when the NYTimes was concerned that national “parks’ very survival” hinged on attracting more American NAMs, and there was also hand-wringing about occupancy rules hindering “extended Latino families” from enjoying big banquets on the land.

    Fiddlesticks

    November 30, 2018 at 2:02 PM

  3. The author is a fat woman who lives in New York City. I wonder how much time she’s spent in the woods. Probably not much.

    People like her believe that nature is an incredibly fragile thing which should not be touched, interacted with, or enjoyed. This reminds me of a story of a woman who yelled at a park ranger for putting his boot on the side of a tree to tie the laces… Apparently she thought he was going to kill the giant plant which weighed more than a car.

    The end result of encouraging people not to use hiking trails would be that since no one has a use for them, no one has an interest in preserving them.

    While people like her are willing to screech at people who use nature for enjoyment, I highly doubt she would every pony up money to buy up land for a preserve, to restock fish in body of water, or to pay someone to pick up trash along a trail. Screeching and virtue signaling can’t preserve the wild. People who have a vested interest in preserving the wild can.

    MoreSigmasThanYou

    November 30, 2018 at 2:12 PM

    • I think she and the environmentalists mainly just virtue-signalling and don’t give much thought to the actual fragility of nature. The message is “I’m one of those morally superior people who respects and lives in harmony with nature. Compared to those evil insta-hoes who exploit and destroy for selfish reasons!”

      fortaleza84

      November 30, 2018 at 2:44 PM

      • I think a fair number of them really believe that we are killing the planet. The ones who expend significant personal resources certainly do. There are also those who don’t expend any resources to save the planet, who really want other people to do it.

        Christians like the Palin family really believe in hell. That doesn’t stop them from sinning.

        MoreSigmasThanYou

        November 30, 2018 at 4:53 PM

      • We’re not killing the planet but industrial society has done a lot of bad things. Two habitats in N. America were almost completely destroyed with bad consequences: the grassland of the Great Plains and the long leaf pine forests that used to cover a good deal of the south.

        gothamette

        December 1, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    • She’s a typical useless leftie…more concerned with virtue signalling and self congratulation than actually addressing any problem.

      Oswald Spengler

      November 30, 2018 at 4:16 PM

  4. LOTB, I’m surprised you haven’t commented on this Times story yet:

    Jack

    November 30, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    • I considered writing about it.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 30, 2018 at 4:52 PM

      • I think you should write about it, because it reveals the utterly perverse supply side of diversity admissions, meaning that “schools” like TM Landry carefully crafted and packaged allegedly gifted, accomplished black students so that the likes of Harvard could show them off and reaffirm their left-liberal proclivities/delusions about race, education, and intelligence.

        It’s truly awful what they did to the kids they put in that position, shoved into advanced university courses for which they have no ability to survive, let alone succeed. But learning was never the point. The point was the high stakes admissions and the viral video productions. Get ’em in by hook or crook, and then to hell with ’em. Meanwhile rake in the YouTube money, donations from gullible SJWs, and repeat.

        What’s particularly telling is that not only did they have to fabricate the lofty accomplishments of the students, they also exaggerated and embellished the hardships overcome by these students en route to miraculous academic success, underscoring the profound HBD reality.

        Jack

        November 30, 2018 at 8:55 PM

      • If something sounds too good to be true (blacks are actually as smart as whites!) then it’s not true.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        November 30, 2018 at 9:45 PM

      • When was Meriprolestan’s education system ever about learning?

        Elite colleges are just another name for a country club school that grooms parasitic behavior known as value transference.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        November 30, 2018 at 11:50 PM

      • The real issue with black americans isn’t education, but their lack of middle class values.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        November 30, 2018 at 11:52 PM

      • I think you should write about it too. The twist to this story is the couple took advantage of homeschooling regulations to avoid scrutiny.

        The success academies in nyc have near 100% proficiency, I’ve often wondered if something hinky is going on there. Have any of the kids been tracked long term, ie through college age? If the numbers are to be believed they some are the top performing schools in the whole city.

        toomanymice

        December 1, 2018 at 12:40 PM

    • There is so much hunger for proof that education can Close the Gap, it’s hardly a surprise. I remember it came out a few years ago that the DC public schools were cooking the books. Probably these things happen all the time and only the most egregious cases come to light.

      fortaleza84

      November 30, 2018 at 8:26 PM

  5. Did it never occur to the Wyoming tourism board to charge people to Instagram their wonders?

    Do I have to think of everything?

    Seriously, that state needs some Jews pronto.

    njguy73

    November 30, 2018 at 6:33 PM

  6. Did it never occur to the Wyoming tourism board to charge people to Instagram their wonders?

    Do I have to think of everything?

    Seriously, that state needs some Jews pronto.

    njguy73

    November 30, 2018 at 6:33 PM

  7. Something is gearing up.

    map

    November 30, 2018 at 10:02 PM

  8. Social media is generally terrible, so I can’t really disagree with the gist of the article.

    Josh Hader

    November 30, 2018 at 10:49 PM

  9. I hike a lot. The trails near home have become crowded so I have to drive further to get the same experience.

    Curle

    December 1, 2018 at 1:59 PM

    • As the metro areas expand, ghetto dwellers move to inner ring suburbs, they displace people who move to outer ring suburbs, who displace people who move to exurbs, who displace people to rural areas. Go back to ground zero, the original ghetto, where now, in many cities, there’s no one at all, not even squatters or bums. I’ve seen this on a very small scale, in Newburgh NY, where a block or two west of Washington’s Headquarters there are a couple blocks of abandoned row houses. It’s peaceful; there’s no one there. Nature is coming back and you can see it. On a larger scale there’s East St. Louis, with urban prairies, the American Bottom coming back, stripped of its trashy and temporary veneer. The biggest example of course is Detroit, with square miles of abandoned land, where you could even farm, if you’re clever and determined enough. The new wilderness is increasingly next door, if you live in an urban area that’s not DC metro, NYC metro, SoCal, or Seattle/Portlandia. Your original comment was on hiking, I know, and these places aren’t for good hiking, yet, but it’s something to think about.

      Loser

      December 2, 2018 at 10:55 AM


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