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Rilo Kiley and We the Media

I’m willing to bet Rilo Kiley and Gillmor’s “We the Media” haven’t appeared in the same sentence before. But I was at Rilo Kiley’s terrific show at the 9:30 Club two nights ago and I was reminded of the book’s points about cell phones with picture-taking capability and digital cameras that can shoot video. Gillmor describes the potential of these tools to capture and disseminate news, but he also cautions that we’re “only beginning to understand the consequences” of these technological developments and that they can be used improperly and lead to invasion of privacy.

Before being allowed entry to the Rilo Kiley concert, my bag was searched. Upon seeing my digital camera, 9:30 Club staff told me that pictures are “no problem” but the band asked that we not record any portions of the concert. I heeded that request, but as Rilo Kiley stepped on stage and the lights went down, out came dozens of digital cameras that were doing more than taking pictures. I overheard a concert goer next to me assert that a bunch of videos would be on you tube tomorrow. Sure enough, my quick you tube search yesterday brought up at least three videos from the concert. I won’t link to them here out of deference to the band’s wishes, but if you’re really curious you can search you tube yourself.

Who knows – maybe the videos will generate new Rilo Kiley fans. But I also understand the band’s wishes to keep their live concerts a privilage of their hundreds of paying fans. And the little digital cameras don’t do the best job of capturing Rilo Kiley’s great sound.

I’m curious what others think about the pros and cons of picture-taking cell phones and digital cameras with video capability. Do you think it’s wrong for concert goers to take videos and upload the images to you tube? If so, how can that behavior and other improper uses of such equipment be better policed without infringing on people’s rights?

June 8, 2008 at 10:52 pm 2 comments


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