Written by Mike Lopez, July 27, 2016, at 2:20 a.m.
Concerts are some of the greatest forms of entertainment out there. There is just nothing else out there that can make you feel so alive. In recent years the “concert experience” has become a shell of its former self as the next generation of kids take to the crowds. Lately I’ve begun to notice the changes that would probably mark the end of the concert experience.
In order to explain my opinion on the matter I have to look at the three elements that effect this: their attitude, their mindset, and the people themselves. I begin to pick apart this generations concert dwellers.
Even if the concert crowd is changing it shouldn’t be anything drastic. Music is ultimate form of self-expression, how would this change in how the concert is experienced? I wouldn’t say the music is changing them, rather society as a whole changing them.
It feels like some of these people lost their backbone, almost like they lost their ability to really connect with the experience. I feel that most of them are just becoming more and more fragile, actin’ like dainty little flowers when they come to a concert. Which brings us to the next part of this discussion…
I feel the worst part of this would probably be the attitude of people nowadays. Most of them think that the concert revolve around them. It’s a “the concert wouldn’t be as awesome if I wasn’t there” type of attitude. They always want to be the center of attention (and always want to be at the front of all the action).
Not to mention the fact that most of them act like dainty little flowers every time someone bumps into them. I mean, come on. You’re at a concert; no one is concerned about your personal space, and you can’t get upset when someone stubs your toe.
What happened to people not caring? What happened to just going to a concert for the sake of going to a concert and enjoying some great music? Why is every God damn person filming it with their phone?
Honestly, because of this concerts aren’t as fun as they used to be. Which brings us to our last part of this discussion…
With the advancement of technology, and the overall evolution of social media and media capture, it makes it exceptionally easy to experience moments that in just the generation prior were almost impossible without actually being there.
People can now capture and live stream practically any event for anyone to see, when it used to take a plethora of effort from a person to just attend a show alone. But with this comes another problem: people are so preoccupied with getting a lousy video that they don’t even try to enjoy the spectacle that is in front of them.
No, they don’t care that the artist is trying to give an experience that’s worth more than the money these people spend. They just want to post something so that their online “friends,” who pretend to give the slightest shite about them, can gawk at what little self-respect they had by whoring themselves out for a “Like,” giving them a little bit of meaning to their pitiful existence…
Is there still hope for the concert experience?
Concerts should be enjoyed as they are – a very fun waste of time. Do you know what that means? It means put away your media crap. In the end, no one is going to give a rat’s ass about your time. Don’t get “all up in your feelings” when someone goes into your personal space – you don’t own it. If someone’s acting up don’t start fights – you’ll probably never see that person again, and honestly it’s not worth the headache.
I don’t know if it will ever go back to what it used to be. But what do I know is that even if it doesn’t, I will still halfheartedly accept the change (as if have a choice on the matter). But heed my warning… please don’t let the concert experience die!!
Like always… Please leave a comment down below. I love the feedback. What’s your opinion on the matter? Do you think concerts where better back in the day? Or now? Please tell me your thoughts on the subject… Thanks!