POV Cameras: threat to health?

Started Nov 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
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jkoch2
jkoch2 Senior Member • Posts: 1,198
POV Cameras: threat to health?
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An ambitious free diver perished yesterday after trying to beat a record for greatest depth without fins or breathing device support.  He appears in an earlier photo wearing a POV camera.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/18/sports/deep-water-diver-from-brooklyn-dies-after-trying-for-a-record.html?hp&_r=0

Daredevil competitions have always existed.  A question, though, is whether the desire to seal fame by documenting a feet by video or photos doesn't distract from the dangers or prompt lethal risks.

For every death-defying dive, bike jump, hyper-acrobatic vault down vertical slopes, or bout with a killer wave or shark that gets depicted on YouTube, I wonder at the quotient of broken bones, skulls, necks, or other carnage.

Free diving becomes, at a certain point, an almost certain rendezvous with black-out and death.  Other extreme sports  have a sketchier frontier, but perhaps make them even more dangerous because they less obviously suicidal.

The cameras make the feats seem dream-like, without pain.  The illusion is compounded by the existence of faked videos in which bikers seem to survive outright vertical 200' falls onto rocks, or miraculous chases through dense traffic.

The cameras don't kill the people, but the quest for killer POV video perhaps does.  Few will risk breaking their necks if there is no audience for their willful brush with death.

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