Friday, August 5, 2011
Youth of America: Whatever happened to taking mental notes or having memories of an experience? It seems today’s concert attendees have no interest or willfully decline to just sit back and take in an experience. The desire to have everything captured or recorded by phone or camera supersedes the experience on just about every level.
I was recently at a Billboard Top 10 level artist’s show the other night and was caught completely off guard by how much picture taking and videoing was going on! The tweens in front of us would take a break from dancing to take a picture of each other dancing. The girls behind us were videoing themselves singing with the artist. These pictures were of themselves at the show not so much of the artist they came to see. In the lobby of the venue a razor company had set up a photo booth were you and your friends could take a picture to be displayed during the show on the screens behind the artist. At the second to the last song (yes I stuck around to the second to the last song) the images started flowing and the crowd went nuts. WTF happened in the last 5 years? (Do you like how I make myself relevant to the youngsters by using WTF?)
There seem to be exceptions however. Warped Tour being one. At Warped this year I noticed a definite switch from “look at us” to “too cool to tweet”. It seems that some of these kids try and remember experiences they couldn’t have had during the 80’s punk scene when you heard about a show by word of mouth. The irony is that the “mouth” is a tweet or Facebook post. Just don’t get caught tweeting or Facebooking by your friends.
My solution is quite simple really. Let’s collectively agree to use the tweeting and Facebook for informational purposes firstly. When you are a professional photographer at a show you have the first 3 minutes to shoot whatever. After that get the F out. Kids, let’s use these rules for the show as well. First 3 songs: go nuts. Take as many as you can as fast as you can. Pose it out. Squat, hand on hip, peace sign, click and you’re done. Now go ahead and text or tweet whatever afterwards just no flashing cameras. IT’S FU*&ING DISTRACTING!!!!!!!!!!
My Thoughts Exactly lady.
Posted by Zia Records Blogs at 4:37 PM