Mindful Traveling on Social Media

by Sojourner
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A few weeks ago I was scrolling through Facebook and stumbled upon a video about “Yolocaust,” a controversial photography project by Shahak Shapira. He is an Israeli artist and satirist who was outraged after seeing posts of tourists doing yoga and taking selfies at the Berlin Holocaust Memorial. Shahak responded by photoshopping the backgrounds of their photos to include the malnourished and deceased Jewish people who lived in the concentration camps where tourists were now snapping photos for Instagram likes. Amidst my disappointment and frustration with the lack of respect for the tragic history of the Holocaust, there was the uncomfortable realization: have I ever posted an insensitive photo while traveling?

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