Opinion: Stop Taking Long Videos at Shows, And Tell Others To Stop Too

Let’s admit it. We’ve all done it. Even this person who’s writing this piece at the moment. We’ve likely all taken our camera out at concert or performance we’ve attended.

It may be a photo, at the least, or a video that lasts for a few seconds. Nothing wrong with those, to most. But lately, we’ve noticed things have gone way too far. Just take a look at almost any video of any major electronic music show posted on YouTube and you will see tens if not hundreds of phones up in the area taking videos.

Honestly, this is becoming a case of mass idiocy. Of course, some of you may say people are free to do whatever they want as long it does not harm the subject they are filming. But the problem is this adversely affects artistic substance and degrades the whole music experience that these performances provide. These people are busy taking part in the concert and living it, while others are somewhat killing the atmosphere and the fun. Some people think these performances as something like a cheap souvenir, a social media prize to be showcased to the world, rather than something to be experienced viscerally and joyfully. It is like going to Venice and just thinking about buying the plastic gondola or the sailor cap worn by the gondolier instead of relishing the journey itself. What kind of tourist would that person be?

It is all about respecting the atmosphere of the concert or DJ set and appreciating the talent and artistry the performers provide. Not giving that due respect reeks of idiocy, one that threatens the sanctity of music itself.

We were all guilty of it, so that’s all in the past. I did it. You did it. We all did it. But now is the time to put an end to this practice. It is time that we end this bad custom that is detrimental to music. The freedom of an individual ends up where the freedom of another begins. The truth is that allowing long filming of DJ sets on cell phones kickstarts a slippery slope that can have no end, a myriad of cell phones up in the are an the vibe of a performance lost amidst all the bright screen lights shining all around. And that is without even touching on the subject of those who aren’t level-headed enough to turn off their flash before filming in a dark room, the biggest “no-no” of them all.

Most events have professional photographers and videographers ready to capture the moments for you, all the while you get to enjoy what you’re there for: the music.

So the next time you see someone in front of you holding their phone up for more than twenty seconds to film a live or DJ set, kindly ask them to stop and let the music experience be given greater importance.

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