My favorite band is on the road; every night the fan forums have threads with real-time comments on set lists,etc. People at the show are calling and texting their friends-- who in turn post song-by-song updates. Of course they have their camera phones and compact digital cameras held up–hundreds of tiny phosphorescent things like bic lighters or glow sticks from ye olden days.
I have mixed feelings (mostly negative) about this.
On one hand, people at home can vicariously attend a concert–get a sense of community as the posts come in. Have a once-removed discussion about the gig.
On the other hand…hmmm. I’m reminded of Pete’s commentary on the Tommy/Quadrophenia concert DVD’s; he talks about why they used to play SO LOUD:**
**That’s NOT how it is these days. People have their compact digital cameras, Blackberries and iPhones–you can reach out and touch somebody who is yelling into their cellphone or holding it up so their friend can hear Baba O’Riley over a tinny little speaker. And now people are texting in the songs in real time. Ah, ain’t technology grand?
I’m no Luddite (I’m posting this, aren’t I?), but all of those things are horrible distractions. I’m there to experience the performance. Otherwise, I might as well head down to the bar and watch it on the closed-circuit video feed.
What do Dopers think about this? Just a sign of the times? Is phoning or IM’ing friends to say “I’m at THE WHO CONCERT!!! YEEE HAWWW!” just part of the whole 21st Century Concert-Going Gestalt? Whatever floats your boat, I guess. Enjoy the gig however you wish…just stay off my lawn, okay?