I went to a show and it took all my willpower to refrain from dipping into my pocket and checking my Phone.
An e-mail would be nice, or a text, but in my fingertips I hold a personal link to the entire world, and this has changed not only my behavior, but that of the entire globe.
We used to put stars on a pedestal. Now they’re vehicles for put-downs. If you’re famous, you’ve been abused online, it goes with the territory.
And if you’re having a “digital free” day enjoy the analog to camping but there’s nothing wrong the new paradigm and it’s never going away, it’s only going to intensify.
We were never at the heart of the action. In fact, we had to leave home to participate. Now we can not only watch TV in our lairs, we can surf for dates and dig deep down into our personal interests, chatting with those like-minded all the while. When I went to college with my hundreds of albums in the seventies I was an outcast.
It’s already happened. People won’t leave their house without their device. Forget the baby boomer backlash, decrying the loss of… Actually, it’s a gain. Everybody you ever knew is at your fingertips. You’re more socially engaged than ever before. You can buy goods at the lowest possible price. Virtual connection is a panacea that brings whole nations together and fosters revolutions, and this is good.
In other words, expect people to continue to take photos at the gig. To dial their friends and have them listen in. To check their timeline or feed while the music plays. Because what’s happening in your world is more important than what’s happening on stage. As Sly Stone sang decades ago, everybody is a star.
I’m checking my phone.