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.
An enterprising young man going by the name of Mansooon brought his passion project to Japanese comedy site Omocoro, after reportedly being too embarrassed to use his beloved selfie sticks in public. Which is a persecution the young man should neither face, nor accept.