Patron X, we’re on your side

The poor shlemiel/shlimazel/shlub whose cellphone was heard round the world this week graciously spoke with Daniel Wakin in the Times today, and revealed what is already fairly obvious: he really didn’t mean it.  And who knew that iPhones still bleep when you silence them? As if you needed another reason to not entirely love Apple.

So direct your ire to the technology programmed to interrupt all human activity, and let poor patron X – sleepless these past two nights, he says – at peace. I hope the takeaway from this experience is how much we love live performance, not just fighting about etiquette.


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5 Responses to Patron X, we’re on your side

  1. scillagrace says:

    I’m definitely on the side of forgiveness and live performance. And I’m reminded of a cartoon from my New Yorker day calendar last year that shows an MC onstage at a “performance art” concert directing the audience kindly to turn ON all of their electronic devices. It’s all in the moment, anything can happen, just like life.

  2. Sneakeater says:

    I just posted a comment to your “Mahlergate Moral” post that would be more appropriate here. May I just refer readers to it? I don’t want to waste your bandwiidth by double posting.

  3. EM says:

    “…hope the takeaway…”, hmm, not too happy with your choice of words there.

    If the general tone that we’re all in agreement with here, is that (sometimes) technology has too much control of our lives …

    … then why in heck are you giving in to another annoying turn-of-phrase, which, itself, precisely reflects this control which we so richly despise?

    I’m taking about the word: “takeaway”.

    I find it almost as annoying as the other latest buzzword: “going forward”. (A synonym, apparently for the word: “future”.).

    By the way, as a Brit expat, “takeaway” means a fast-food restaurant to me.

  4. Jim Pikes says:

    Lots of folk rely on the fact that their alarms will ring out loud even if their phones were on silent. This happens on most phones, not just iPhones. I have a Sony that does the same thing. Those using their cellphones as alarm clocks would be in trouble otherwise.

    More interesting for me in the Times article was that Patron X had received a iPhone *the day before* the concert, replacing his blackberry (aside: blackberry alarms go off in silent mode, too), so “new phone syndrome” dictated that he wasn’t even aware that the sound was from his phone.

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