A most interesting article - and I commend your mate for his text
One could also say 'bluddy tourists' ... or 'bluddy Insta-tographers'... or even 'bluddy drivers' when they do not obey traffic signals. To some extent we all [society] at some time or another choose to disobey the rules, often with no good reason
However with the world seemingly asking / demanding more & more compliance to society's rules, there will inevitably be a backlash of some sort, and like so many things, the 'one bad apple in the box' affecting the entire box does cause us all some heartache
Here in Oz recently we have had several deaths from Insta-tographers trying for selfies from the wrong side of safety fences high above cliff tops & etc. Sad to say, but "if one breaks the rules ...."
Phil from the great land Downunder
We recently had an incident here, in which selfie taking tourists have almost destroyed a field of sunflowers resulting in the farmer closing the field to any photography.
On my recent Venice trip it was obvious that the city as suffering from over tourism. I did wonder how the Venetians cope with the mass influx of tourists (20 M per year). The Venetians can't afford the rent so they leave. These houses are then converted to Air B&B and hotels. Selfie sticks were everywhere!Interesting read.
I visited Dachau a few years back. While we were having a look inside the crematorium some prat climbed over the barrier and shoved his head into the oven so his mate could grab a picture with his phone. The pair of them giggled away while posting the picture on Facetwatogram...
100% agree MikeBThe problems identified in the article have more to do with a lack of consideration by some than with photography. While the author's resolution is fine and will likely make him a better photographer, he should feel no burden of guilt from the actions of others.