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Viral, Eruption of Mt. Semeru Location Becomes a Selfie Spot, Does it Include Dark Tourism?

Social media was enlivened with videos showing a number of people taking selfies at the location of the Mount Semeru eruption disaster. The post has

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TRIBUNBATAM.id --  Social media was enlivened with videos showing a number of people taking selfies at the location of the Mount Semeru eruption disaster. 

The post has drawn criticism from netizens.  

This selfie phenomenon at the disaster site isn't the first time happened. In general, this phenomenon is similar to the concept of dark tourism. 

What is dark tourism? 

Dark tourism is a tourist activity that is generally carried out in places where past tragedies have occurred.

According to the lecturer of Sustainable Tourism at Gadjah Mada University, Rucitarahma Ristiawan, in addition to economic recovery, a location is categorized as a dark tourism site if it includes educational motives. 

According to Ristiawan, anyone can categorize a place as a dark tourism area. 

However, the most important thing is how to package it. Do not let a place be categorized as a dark tourism area just for entertainment purposes. 

This is because visiting the site of the former tragedy with a tourist destination will always be a sensitive issue if it is not packaged properly. 

"Anyone can do it, but what is the intention? Don't just be entertainment," said Ristiawan.

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