Pics or It Didn't Happen
Selfies flood camera rolls after major events. Capturing the moment reminds us of the wonderful times we have in our lives. When we're having a bad day we can use those photos to remind ourselves of the memorable times we've had.
Recently country music singer Miranda Lambert came under fire for chastising audience members for snapping a selfie during a show. The concert was disrupted when Miranda called out the selfie snappers. The singer criticized selfies stating that they were a disturbance to her show. A discussion ensued regarding the audacity to call out those audience members.
So who's right? The audience members who paid to see the concert and were enjoying themselves or the performer who put a lot of time and effort into putting on a show so those members could have a fun night out? Both are actually correct, but out of respect to the fans, selfies should not be discouraged. The fans have paid for their tickets (and the exorbitant fees), taken their time to get there (sometimes from different states), spent money on travel, accommodations, food, and merchandise, made childcare arrangements, and stood patiently in line to get into the venue. Understanding that the artist has given their all to make the show happen, there would be no show without fans.
More and more artists are including selfies in their meet and greet packages and taking them within their shows to encourage fan interaction. They understand the importance of those memories and how easily they can be shared online to bring attention to their work. Selfie moments add extra excitement to an already excited crowd.
Regardless of your take on selfies, the experience can enhance an already amazing night out. A fan taking a selfie will not diminish an artist's work, but may be the highlight of their day. Embracing selfies can encourage confidence, boost serotonin, and create memories that will last a lifetime.