Lately, plenty of artists have instituted strict no-photography policies during their performances, presumably to curtail smartphone usage. Seth Hurwitz, who owns and operates Washington, DC's 9:30 Club, tells WTOP that enforcing a no-smartphone policy would be more disruptive than just letting it happen, telling WTOP:
Our society at the moment is stoned on technology ... I want the audience to have a sense of their responsibility in terms of making a show. Not the responsibility to us, but their responsibility to themselves.
What do you think? Would you embrace a strong no-smartphone policy at your favorite venues, or is it already a lost battle?
This is happening everywhere, isn't it? It's happening at the movies. It's happening in restaurants. It's the same problem with yet another setting. I think the best you can do is put up some notices reminding people, sort of like those things that run before movies now.