I’m sure you’ve seen it.
You know, that person in front of you at a concert, blocking your view of Chris Martin because it’s much more important to film the entire concert through a smartphone lens than to actually watch and experience the show.
I go to a lot of concerts. This annoys me. Greatly. It’s rude to the artist and to the audience. And those of you who think it’s cool to whip out your iPad – a device the width of a placemat – and wave it in the air because you HAVE to get that footage of the Jacksons to do…what with exactly? well, there’s a special set of expletives reserved for you.
And that leads me to today’s question: I need some honest folks to tell me if you’ve ever recorded a concert — particularly large portions of a show – on your smartphone or iPad, and if so, why.
You know how I feel. Now I want to hear your side. Besides, I am genuinely curious about what you do with the recording, if you realize or care that you’re possibly interfering with the experience of those around you and if, when you look back at that grainy, volume-distorted video a week later, you don’t wish that you had watched and absorbed the moment the first time, rather than viewing it through a lens the size of a thimble.
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Thanks – and happy concert-going this weekend if you’re heading to The Dukes of September, Neko Case and Kelly Hogan, the B-52s, Frank Ocean, Nicki Minaj…or wherever the music spirit leads you.