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    There is this very disturbing trend in the German speaking world of "smartphone gawpers" of late.

    Meaning: there is an accident, and people, instead of helping, stand around and in the way, film the accident, the firemen, the paramedics and post this immediatley on their friggin social media channels. There have been cases reported where people were cheering on suicidal persons to jump off buildings in order for them to have "a good movie".

    Sometimes it just feels being a misanthrope is just the accurate approach.

    You had such cunts in the 90s already (I remember one personally as a teen filming the firemen helping people during a flood in my area using his video cam) but since everyone got a smartphone this has become a widespread unpleasent phenomenon.

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    Society of the spectacle etc - I saw a similar thing in Croydon recently with an apartment fire. Huge crowd thronged outside with smartphones. I guess people have always enjoyed gawping at an accident/misfortune though, so the phone is just an extension of that.

    I generally don't understand the need to take phone video of everything, unless there's something absolutely unrepeatable happening and it will translate well to amateur video - most smartphone captured pieces are abysmal quality and weren't worth the bother.

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    from a couple of years back...

    Selfies at site of East Village raise online furor over vanity shots near spot where gas explosion left 2 missing, 25 injured

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/...icle-1.2166052

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    tasty bit of apartment fire footage for the group chat

    why not?
    snmbsm
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    broke my smart phone at the very end of last year so i had to make do with a brick phone till recently

    everything from the commute to work (no music), courtship with women (pre-relations ), socialising with friends and staying on top of music was effected

    bottom line is (shocker) the internet is hella important and without it life as we know it would cease to exist
    snmbsm
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    ftr it was credit rating problems and ridiculous smart phone prices that stopped me from copping a S7

    i now have a comfy one plus 3
    snmbsm
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