It is that time of year again: my heart swells with excitement at the prospect of interaction with fellow comics enthusiasts at the Emerald City Comicon (this upcoming weekend.) You can find me at table 1214. I hope to see you there!
Let’s face it… We are addicted to our devices. It is now socially acceptable, in the middle of a conversation with someone, to be on your phone. It is totally normal to see a group of friends or a family at a restaurant “enjoying each other’s company” by hunching over their cell phones. How many times have you caught yourself watching TV while scrolling through your phone at the same time? (Never? Yeah me neither, I’ve never done that either.) Every concert event or special occasion (even the opening ceremony of the Olympics!) is dotted with LED screens while people “capture the moment.”
Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate technology. I am guilty of everything I mentioned above (except for the “Olympics” thing, I was too busy warming up for my event to be on my phone #USA). All of this is to say, of COURSE people are abusing their phones in the theatre. That is what we do now. We abuse our phones EVERYWHERE. So what’s the solution?
As a performer, I can tell you, it is extremely distracting and disheartening to look into the audience and see people completely disengaged from your performance, and living in the world of their phone. As an audience member, I find it INFURIATING when the harsh light or ring or buzz of someone’s phone takes me out of the performance I am so engrossed in (and paid money to see). So, what do we do? Is there a solution beyond pre-show announcements instructing us to turn our damn phones off and unwrap our candies? Is there a way for theatres to become “no service” zones? Must there be a Patti LuPone impersonator at every show in every theatre across the globe ripping phones out of rude people’s hands like some magnificent high belting vigilante? Or does it really all come down to personal responsibility? What do you think? Let’s get this discussion going. (Sent from my iPhone)
“AND HE NEVER LISTENS TO ME AND HE NEVER PUTS AWAY HIS SOCKS AND HE’S THE WORST SENTRY IN THE WORLD IT’S ALL HIS FAULT THAT UNDYNE WON’T TAKE ME SERIOUSLY AS A GUARD AND NOWWWWW WE’VE LOST THE HUMAN BECAUSE HE WOULDN’T KEEP A GOOD EYE ON THEM MY LIFE IS THE WORST I HATE EVERYTHING BUT I HATE HIS LAZINESS THE MOST AND ANOTHER THING IF MOM WERE HERE SHE’D AGREE WITH ME BECAUSE I THE GREAT PAPYRUS WAS ALWAYS THE FAVORITE-”
“*ugh this again”
“DON’T INTERRUPT ME WHEN I’M BARING MY SOUL YOU POOFY LOUT!!!”
*You tell Flowey that you think the disguises are working.
“*I’m not sure that… we needed… disguises…”
Underfell au/timeline where Sans and Papyrus are really bad at being scary and Frisk wonders why they were ever scared of them to begin with. I call it Blunderfell.