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An Observation: Going to a Concert Has Changed in 2012

Daniel Griswold

I'm not usually one to complain.  In fact, I usually am the creative end of ridiculousness.  It works.  But I noticed something odd today while watching a concert on Television.  I've been to a lot of concerts, I've moshed, I've danced, I've been crushed up to the stage in venues that were too small for the crowds that showed up.  Here is a picture of the type of concert I'm used to going to:


A bunch of crazy people having a good time, pumping fists and yelling a lot.  Now you may be more of a U2 fan than an indie scene punk fan.  That's cool too.  The thing that I've noticed however, and what freaks me out, is that I saw a whole front line of girls at a televised Concert event, and none of them were actually looking at the band.  Instead - they were looking at a phone that was recording the event.  ALL OF THEM.  No one was actually there - they were instead recording the event to show other people where they were (supposedly), but none of them were actually experiencing the concert as it is meant to be experienced. That's why I anger sketched this panel:


Imagine a whole concert where everyone was looking into their phone.  It would be horrible.  Imagine a whole front line with young girls merely recording the concert - what a bummer to the people who could actually be that close to the band and singing along.  Blows my mind how augmented reality is keeping us frome experiencing reality.  Next time you go to a concert, treat it like a movie.  Turn off the phone, and let the people who couldn't make it go and experience it for themselves.  Tell a story, and practice the art of communication rather than pressing a play button and tearing down the wall of mystery that music creates for those about to experience it themselves.  Try it out - you'll find the experience much more rewarding - and I will fistbump you very thoroughly.