Jack White Is Not Allowing Instagraming, Snapchatting, Or Any Phones At All At His Concerts

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Alt 1053 - If you’ve been to a concert in the last ten years, you’re familiar with the glow of smartphones raised to capture special moments. Some concert-goers are so preoccupied with their Instagram story or Snapchat filter that they miss the magic of live performances—a sickness Jack White will fight in future shows. Recently, his team unrolled a “no recording devices allowed” policy which aims to refocus audiences on the live experience.

“We think you’ll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love of it IN PERSON,” reads a statement on Live Nation’s website.

“Upon arrival at the venue, all phones and other photo or video-capturing gizmos will be secured in a Yondr pouch that will be unlocked at the end of the show,” White’s team says. “You keep your pouch-secured phone on you during the show and, if needed, can unlock your phone at any time in a designated Yondr Phone Zone located in the lobby or concourse.”

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So this is the new hotness at concerts- not allowing people to use their cell phones during them. I know Bob Dylan doesn’t allow them, the Lumineers banned them, as did Alicia Keys. They want people to really immerse themselves in the concert experience and not worry about taking a good Snap or getting up an Instagram story to show their friends.

I’m so split on if I think this is the right move.

On one hand, I can see it being distracting for the artist. They are up their belting out their life’s work to a crowd, and half the crowd is staring down at their phone, trying to decide just how much of a magenta filter to put on the snap, missing out on an entire song.

On the other hand, people paid their money, they should be able to do whatever the fuck they want. Concert tickets- not cheap! If people want to record a few snaps and save a few pictures to remember the experience, that should be their right as a paying customer.

But on the other hand, concerts were so much better before cell phones. Everyone was paying attention to every song, the heat of lighters instead of the blinding light of cell phone flashlight was 100x cooler, and you didn’t have to deal with loud, muzzled, grainy, un-audible Snaps from your friends all night long.

I think the bigger issue here is people take these Snaps and Instagrams as if their friends give a fuck they are at some shitty concert. That’s the real problem- nobody cares about you or your dumb life. We’re all guilty of it- it’s fun to say “hey, I was there”. The only thing that is clear here is the instant gratification we get from social media is ruining all of our lives.

But I digress. My official stance is if an artist of band has an anti-phone policy, I don’t hate them. I see plenty of merit in it. I wish there was a way to make a compromise though, because I also see merit in people taking their own pictures and videos because that’s how you make memories. Being able to look back in a few year and being able to reflect on the good times of seeing Mr. Brightside performed live, I wouldn’t be able to do that if the Killers had this policy. So I definitely do not love the idea of banning phones….even if they are so fucking annoying. So I hereby retract my official stance that I made at the beginning of this paragraph. I’m gonna need more time figuring out my official stance. Ok. My new official stance is phones are poison, social media is killing us all, get a disposable camera, those are much cooler anyway.



PS: Remember who cool sporting events used to be before phones, when everyone in the crowd had a camera with a flash? Moments like huge home runs were capitalized 150% when all the flash bulbs went off at the same time.

McGwire #62, anyone?

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Fucking beautiful.