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If you have not already heard, Jack White the former lead singer for the band The White Stripes is making quite a stir in the public eye.

Jack White stated that he is banning all cell phone use or any photo or video-capturing devices at his upcoming concert at the Boston Calling music festival.


White is not the first to do so, fellow artists such Alicia Keys, Dave Chapelle and others have also taken part in the phone ban.

Fans have taken notice and while some agree with the ban others are not happy with what White had to say, “We think you’ll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love for it in person.”

This is simply for the “human experience.”

Those who are planning on going to the concert are to, upon arrival, lock up their phone with a Yondr pouch.

The Yondr pouch locks up your phone so you won’t be able to use it unless you go to designated points located inside the venue lobby where you can unlock the security tag.

It’s like going to a store, buying a nice shirt and then realizing you left with the security tag still attached and you can’t wear it unless you take the tag off.

Although, this could be a good idea, it does not leave much for the fans who want to share their memories.

White did state that all photos will be taken by a photographer and posted on their website, according to a source on Omaha.com, “White also employs a tour photographer to take professional photos, which he supplies free to fans on his website, “and new Instagram page.

But this wouldn’t be the same as the fans actually having photos of their own.

Here’s the thing that Jack White does not understand: we paid for our concert tickets, and it’s our own concert experience.

So, shouldn’t we be able to film or capture our experience and share it with the world?

The problem with this policy is, it is understandable that in this day and age we are too busy using our phones that we forget to look up once in a while, but locking up phones so that fans can have the “human experience” is a bit drastic, and a little childish.

It is a little bit like how you would treat a child.

We are not at a dinner table where it’s understandable that we should look up from our phones, see the faces and stop snapping the whole entire meal.

This is a concert, it’s what people do to save moments and share it with their friends.

There are either two things that can go on in the concert, people will most likely agree to this and have no problem and watch the concert.

Or something can go terribly wrong and fans won’t be able to use their phones to make calls to their families or record what is happening to send out to family or members of the public.

In case of an emergency, how will people call 911. How will they reach their loved ones to tell them they are okay.

But because of some big pouch, they won’t be able to.

Here is what we can do, we can sit back and have the artists tell us what to do.

Or we can have a choice and do what we want because it’s our money and our concert experience.

We paid for the full package, shouldn’t we be able to get it?



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Our money, our concert experience