Should Cell Phones and Cameras Be Banned at Concerts?

This past weekend a staffer at NPR music blog All Things Considered went to see M. Ward and Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. Upon entering the legendary venue, writer Bob Boilen spied a sign on the door with the message "Tonight, no photography or videos. Including cell phones."

This isn't anything new to fans of M. Ward, and artist who has always been a vocal enemy of fans taking photos and video at his gigs. But every time something like this is publicized, it starts a great debate over whether or not this should become a common practice, with each side pleading its case.

Some bands think it's a great thing and gets the word, er, image out of the band, while other musicians and fans are of the mind that it takes the spectators out of the moment they are trying to create for their audience. Plus to them, it's annoying as hell.

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Craig Hlavaty
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