Mobile Phones As The Lighters Of A New Generation
from the times-change dept
Fewer and fewer people smoke these days, and I have heard people joke about the fact that at concerts no one pulls out a lighter anymore for the slow songs, because no one carries a lighter any more. It seems that for many younger music fans – some of whom don’t even know about the whole “lighter” tradition, the lighter is being replaced by the glow of a mobile phone. However, if they’re being held aloft during the music, it’s not to shine some light, it’s probably to let a friend who couldn’t make the concert listen in. I can’t wait for the RIAA to try to crack down on this sort of “music piracy”. A concert promoter quoted in the article says he hasn’t heard of any artists complaining – but since when has the RIAA really cared about what the artists want?