The Dildo Selfie Stick: Is This A Real Thing?

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Don't worry, before you think that all of humanity is doomed, be assured that the Dildo Selfie Stick isn't actually a real thing. I'm pretty sure the folks over at Saturday Night Live, though, are pissed off that they didn't think of this stunt first. The up-the-butt, "hands-free" selfie stick was a pretty good bit, though.

Viral marketer Michael Krivicka came up for the idea of the Dildo Selfie Stick joke after seeing Cinnamon Toast Crunch's Selfie Spoon promo. In an article from Fast Company, Michael talks about how after recognizing ridiculousness of the Selfie Spoon promo he decided to challenge himself to come up with something even more ludicrous.

After toying with other ideas like a toothbrush and toilet plunger selfie, he decided the Dildo Selfie Stick would get much more attention - and he was right. So why did he do this? Aside of being a hilarious prank, Michael wanted to investigate the world of social media: What do we care about (as consumers)? What information are we most attracted to or likely to share?

I myself am a victim to silly social ploys - I totally clicked on the first headline that reported the Dildo Selfie Stick. Did I have any intention on purchasing it? No. Did I think it was a good idea, or do I pride myself on the fact that I clicked on that instead of a CNN news report about global news in the Middle East? No freaking way. The reality is, though, that the world is drawn to insane viral news, and even more concerning - people actually wanted a Dildo Selfie Stick.

Michael actually received questions about purchasing the fake product and was even approached about sponsorship opportunities from different companies that wanted to ride the publicity train of the promotion. I'm all about spreading my brand, but I'm not sure I would endorse a Dildo Selfie Stick to do so. I can barely successfully capture a normal selfie.

Selfie's, though, are (fortunately or unfortunately) here to stay. Apple announced in its Live Event last month that the new iPhone 6s has a specific Selfie feature and album to store all of your selfies in. If you're still not into your friends' selfie game, you can use this app to filter out selfies from your Instagram feed.

What do you think about Michael's stunt and views on society's obsession with selfies, over-sharing, and the like? Read more about Michael's views, and check out his other publicity stunts here.

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