Daredevil photographers seem to be popping up all over YouTube, Facebook and Twitter in recent days. The stunts they pull in order to get their unbelievable, heart stopping photos makes most of us shudder at the thought. Climbing out on narrow ledges, tops of sky scrapers, and scaling bridges they risk their lives for the jaw dropping photos.
Teen Risks His Life on the Freedom Tower for a Photo
In the age of selfies, Ridiculousness (as seen on MTV) and the Facebook obsession, it doesn’t seem too outlandish that teens and young adults are turning to life threatening stunts to get the most likes, clicks, comments and tweets. As seen on World News on March 20, 2014 Justin Casquejo, 16, of Weehawken, N.J, snuck past security to take very dangerous pictures of himself on top of 1 World Trade Center (Freedom Tower). He apparently posted them to Facebook, and was then arrested and police say will be charged as an adult.
Woman Stands on Ledge of Chrysler Building
Back in February of this year World News (with Diane Sawyer) reported on Lucinda Grange, the beautiful woman who climbed out on the ledge of the Chrysler Building in New York for her most recent daredevil photograph. While Lucinda claims to be an “expert” daredevil, her stunts are still extremely risky. To the point of a wind gust possibly being her demise.
Pair Climbs Shanghai Tower, Instant YouTube Fame
In January 31, 2014, The News Tribe reported that a duo, Vadim Makhorov and Vitaliy Raskalov, scaled the Shanghai Tower, the second tallest building in China. They risked their lives climbing on narrow poles, to the 120th floor. Within a few days the pair was a YouTube sensation with over a million views of their video.
Which begs the question…was that the point? To get lots of attention, and become an internet sensation seemingly overnight? Maybe it’s the age we live in where our online “life” and real “life” mix in a very dangerous and unhealthy obsession with being the “It Girl or Guy” for the moment. Hopefully these daredevils turn to cropping photos of themselves to appear to be on tall buildings, instead of actually doing it next time. With the arrest of 16 year old Justin Casquejo others should think twice.
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