Turn it Off: Cell Phones and Concert Culture

This article mainly centers around the writer’s personal account of a concert he attended with a few of his friends. He was bothered by the amount of people who used their phones to record it, even though it would have been much more enjoyable to witness it as it happened instead of trying to record it for the sake of memories. In addition, the writer discusses how cell phone usage at concerts disrupts those around them, and as a result takes away from their experience as well. He states that this issue is nationwide, and supports his claim with statistics that emphasize that the majority of people in the United States have cell phones. Ultimately, he stresses the point that a large portion of the population is too obsessed with their cell phones, and it is harming not only the owners but also those around them.

The foundation of the article is the writer’s anecdote about being annoyed by cell phone usage at a concert. He describes the setting in a very detailed manner, illustrating their entire experience from their front row seats. He describes the atmosphere, writing: “the dark innards of the venue, the only light coming from an ironic disco ball hanging in front of the tiny stage.” This frequent use of imagery puts the reader in the situation so that they, too, are excited to see the concert, and similarly they also feel how disruptive a cell phone might be in the given circumstances. The writer crafts the article in a way that is very casual and easy to relate to. He puts the audience into his personal story, so that they can experience his annoyance and displeasure firsthand, and as a result they are more likely to be inclined to agree with his statements about widespread cell phone use and the problems that it causes.


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