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Kendrick Lamar is pushing to ban phones at his concerts. I had to take a moment to kind of laugh and shake my head as I get the feeling that others might do the same and wonder if Lamar is kind of losing his mind with this one. Not only is he seeming to get a little too full of himself, but banning phones is something that a lot of people, even fans, won’t tolerate. When it comes to letting go of their devices it’s admitted that a lot of folks are hopelessly attached to their electronics and don’t seem to know when to just look up and enjoy the show. But trying to ban something that people might actually need to have on their person is a slippery slope that can lead in many different directions.
I get it, performers want people’s eyes on them and want to know that their audience is paying attention, but in all honesty this should be one of their last concerns. The audience already paid for their tickets, they’re there, they’re bound to look up at some point, performers need to focus more on their set than on the people that might be looking down. Call it rude or whatever you want but if a performer can’t handle someone checking their phone from time to time or sharing the experience on social media then they’re not as into their show as they want the people they’re watching to be. You might think that it’s a...
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