In my (not) esteemed opinion, the selfie stick gets a bad wrap. Is it really so wrong that people want to put their phones on extendable sticks and take pictures of themselves? We have a lot more pressing issues in the world right now to spew vitriol over an aluminum stick with a smartphone on the tip. Plus, for every selfie stick used, one fewer stranger is annoyingly asked to take a picture of tourists. And they occasionally provide moments like this, which make them all worth it in the end.
In Japan -- the country maybe most closely associated with the picture-taking peripheral -- the SS just received its most ingenious update since Bluetooth stuck it's glowing blue nose right into our sticks, in the form of the borderline magical (and terribly discreet) selfie-arm stick.