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The tweet thing is kind of old news. MPR's "Wits" comedy and music series encourages tweeting pre, during and post show. And they seem to be selling it out regularly. Have been for a year now.
I am one of the dinosaurs who agrees that tweeting, texting, emailing, etc. shouldn't be done during performances of any kind, including during movies. It bothers the people behind you because the phone light shines right up at them. I'm not a Luddite, I have an IPhone. I just don't need to tweet or text or email during the performance. On occasion, when I receive one that needs to be answered (say from a child that needs something), I step out so as not to bother others. Does that seem so difficult? Or have we regressed to the point that simple courtesy is beyond our comprehension? As to candy cigarettes, I consumed many in my youth and never smoked a real one. Sweet candy vs. smoky ash, not a bit alike.
A recent letter to the editor attempts to defend this practice, stating that in the time of William Shakespeare theater audiences interacted with the stage players and interfered with the show. True, but what I understand is this behavior was common for lower class, uneducated individuals and not perpetrated by those of good breeding or the educated. At many music shows it is common to see people more enthralled with their thumbs and handheld device than what is happening on the stage. In my opinion that is disrespectful to the artist.
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