Backpacker Radio 120 | Social Media x Backpacking
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Social Media X Backpacking Panel
Time stamps & Questions
00:02:44 – QOTD: What was the first social media app you engaged with regularly?
00:09:19 – Wisconsin reminder: Delafield & Fitchburg events
00:10:27 – Introducing today’s panel: Social Media X Backpacking
00:12:24 – Zach’s take on Instagram being an ineffective tool to learn about backpacking
00:13:45 – Chaunce’s rebuttal on using social media for research
00:15:56 – Zach’s recommendation to not use Instagram as your primary research tool
00:16:06 – How much did Chaunce research for her PCT hike?
00:17:00 – Elise’s take on applying critical thinking when viewing social media content
00:18:30 – Blogging content vs. social media content
00:21:30 – Chaunce’s defense of Instagram
00:22:52 – Elise moderates and discusses Instagram serving as a highlight reel
00:23:54 – Example of people using Instagram negatively for educational purposes
00:25:00 – Using social media tools for inspiration
00:27:11 – Discussing the impact of diving into a thru-hike unprepared
00:28:18 – Elise’s caveat to using social media for education
00:29:44 – YouTube being a powerful educator
00:30:10 – Tagging locations on Instagram
00:30:58 – Chaunce’s pro-tagging stance
00:32:43 – Elise’s tagging stance and how it relates to increase crowds in the outdoors
00:34:00 – How tagging locations relates to gatekeeping
00:35:11 – Nuances of the gatekeeping debate
00:36:46 – If you want to keep places private, why would you post about it to begin with?
00:39:25 – Chaunce’s stance on requiring permits for overcrowded areas
00:41:25 – Elise’s point on paid permits being exclusionary
00:44:23 – Pros and cons of Instagram influencing
00:46:26 – Financial motivation to be an influencer
00:53:45 – What are the benefits to growing your presence on Instagram?
00:59:00 – Elise’s pros for growing her account
01:00:39 – Elise’s cons for growing her accounts
01:01:30 – People misplacing their anger toward influencers
01:04:00 – Defining what constitutes as a “public figure”
01:07:45 – At what point do you accept you’re a public figure?
01:08:53 – Elise’s Guthook trolls story
01:11:10 – Opening yourself up to negativity
01:12:28 – Using hashtags to gain exposure
01:12:47 – Summary of pros and cons of Instagram influencing
01:14:55 – Thriving off of social media attention
01:15:45 – Pressures of entertaining fans
01:19:12 – Determining how comfortable you are with attention
01:22:12 – Can being an influencer impact your experience on trail?
01:27:42 – Instagram providing instant gratification
01:30:14 – Have you ever touched up a photo to alter your appearance?
01:31:20 – If you were sharing with friends, would you still edit the photo?
01:35:45 – Does Instagram make people more self-conscious about appearance?
01:42:11 – Is the influencer world having a negative impact in backpacking?
01:54:23 – The power of social media to influence positive change
01:59:51 – How Zach landed on his decision to decrease social media usage
02:06:51 – Zach, how do your opinions conflict with running the Trek’s social pages?
02:08:50 – “The Social Dilemma” documentary
02:10:49 – Chaunce’s social media conclusion
02:16:10 – Being a good listener vs. solutioning
02:18:05 – Defining what good social media use is for you
02:22:17- Episode wrap-up
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