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    A brawl during a concert? I'm amazed...judging from that article, there is no indication John Eliot Gardiner was present!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodrigaj View Post
    I live in a city with a major university. Young people have certain expectations, one of which is the right to use their phones for texting, checking FB, email, etc. whenever and wherever they want.

    I have had so many movies, concerts and plays ruined by this behavior, that I simply have stopped attending.

    Announcements prior to performances do little to curtail the use of phones. Polite complaints worked for awhile, but now there are so many doing this that the effort seems fruitless.

    It is a different world out there, and maybe we need to accommodate this behavior. It doesn't bother my wife but I find it distracting to the point where I can no longer attend concerts, movies, and plays.
    I disagree that we should accommodate this behavior, we should tighten it, punish offenders by barring them from future events for a while. But it's not up to people my age, is it? The etiquette for phone use will be decided by the generation that can't be pried from their phones.

    It isn't just young people. During a dance recital an old man (maybe on the cusp of dementia) next to me answered his cell phone and talked loudly to his wife. When I told him later how inappropriate this was he responded, "What if it had been an emergency?" Well, what if all 200 audience members felt at liberty to talk on their phones?

    I'm with you, I dread attending events, too, because of audience-caused distractions. I admit I'm probably more sensitive to things like this than most people. It doesn't have to be a phone that offends. There are people who read their programs along with the music and they rattle the paper as they do so. One woman in front of me kept opening and closing her program during a string quartet recital with a crisp rattle each time.

    The trouble is that this behavior can't really be stopped during the concert or event without causing an even bigger disturbance.

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    One of my functions in life, it seems, is to be the guy that must 'shush' people at concerts, even though there are many people nearer to the offender than me.

    I've had a couple of occasions where the 'victim' (as the noise maker/phone user now feels) starts to have words with me after the concert. Needless to say I relish such an opportunity knowing how outnumbered this person is.

    On the positive side, I particularly liked when my action emboldens others become part of the solution. Also good is when the shoulder-tapped offender is so mortally offended that they feel they have to leave immediately.

    I feel that for certain concerts (i.e. when the audience isn't so well trained) somebody needs to be on stage beforehand giving the riot act. A recorded voice announcement counts for nothing.

    I've never actually seen a brawl in a concert hall. Sounds fun :-)
    Last edited by Don Fatale; Feb-25-2019 at 00:26.

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    See this brawl in a documentary :
    https://www.nytimes.com/1981/10/17/a...sturbance.html

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