This post is just a personal observation about etiquette at music concerts. Last night, Mr T and I went to the Kylie concert at the Sydney Entertainment centre and I really enjoyed it – I enjoyed the energy, lights and dance routines and sang along to a few songs.
Soon before the concert started, three young women sat in the seats in front of us, in a tiered section, say, 30 cm below and in front of us. As soon as the concert started, they all stood up, obviously not caring about whether the people behind them could see. Selfish and rude. The people behind them (including us) told them this. One sat down, but the other two didn’t care.
I think it’s good etiquette to not inconvenience others at a concert (eg the people behind you). Don’t stand up if it’s annoying for the people behind you. It’s rude and selfish.
How difficult is it to take the impacts of your potential actions on others into account in your actions? Not very difficult. Incidentally, I think that this is a key element of libertarian philosophy that I find unattractive – to me, part of living amongst other people involves taking the impacts of your potential behaviours on others into account in regards to your behaviours. Radical individualism can be very destructive. Apologies to libertarians if I have misinterpreted libertarian philosophy.
During the concert, I did think that you might be able to have a bit of fun in constructing a mathematical model of this kind of behaviour – it might be something like a correlated electron spin model – where the people at the front of the concert might or might not stand up, and the people behind them have some propensity to stand up if the ones in front do, and once people are in a certain state (standing or sitting) it takes a bit of effort from them to change. There’d be some half-life decay function type thang whereby lone standees would eventually sit down. Probably not very useful, but it’d be interesting to see if the predictions of the model reflected reality.