"Old age comes on suddenly, and not gradually as is thought." Emily Dickinson
Dissapointing that the Washington Post's article on the Philadelphia Orchestra's use of the mobile app LiveNote to enhance user experience at performances doesn't seem to have attracted much attention from readers or local arts organizations. There's a really negative reaction in the Post comments, a cursory Tweet from the Post's music critic, and a handful of posts echoing the article's headline. I want to believe that the commenter's objections reflect a general aversion to technology rather than any specific harm. I've not had a chance to use an app like LiveNote, but I can't see that the distractions it may create are more disruptive than the audience conversations, paper rustling, and accidental phone ringing that we are already experiencing. I'd like to see what the app can deliver and how the audience reacts.
Related: Opera on Glass