To tweet or not to tweet? That may be the question next time you’re at the theatre, if Australia picks up on the tweet seat trend in the UK and the US. Tweet seats are a reserved seating area in theatres, concert halls and cinemas for people who are ‘‘ l
The tweet seat trend.
Where to live tweet
The focus can be a big live event that many of your Twitter followers are also paying attention to, like a TV show ( or Q&
It might be an awards show ( MTV Awards, Oscars), for which you can give VIP access insight and be ahead of the news broadcast curve.
Or it could be a live event ( Falls Festival, Taste, MONA FOMA), from which you can connect with others in real time and share highlights, reviews and tips on getting more out of the experience.
It can even be an event you create yourself ( like a Q& A with your fans, as Justin Timberlake, Amanda Palmer and Taylor Swift have all done).
Live- tweeting is a real- time connection
A). with fans, audiences and friends, but sometimes the quickfire nature of Twitter can backfire, as evidenced by recent news of judges in Australia and the UK issuing rulings on live- tweeting.
Last month, the High Court of Australia announced it would ban all live- tweeting in the final appeal of the case of the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft versus iinet.
The decision reversed an earlier one in 2009 when the Federal Court hearing the case allowed live- tweeting for the first time in an Australian court.
The High Court ban is the result of an overall ban on electronic devices in the courtroom and can only be overturned by the Chief Justice.
The legal implications of tweeting from the courtroom are easy to imagine but the social implications of tweeting from the cinema might raise some ire too.
Tweet seat section When the concept of tweet seats gained popularity last year in the Australian performing arts community, opinions were divided.
Only some seating sections of the venue will include tweet seats, so that general audience members will not have to be distracted by people who are busy typing text on their phones and tablets.
Some find it an exciting form of real- time citizen reportage, democratising art. Others find it to be rude to the performers and other audience members, and evidence that the person tweeting is not paying attention to the show.
Tweet with us After exploring live- tweeting during the Falls Festival and Taste this year, here is an invitation to live- tweet with us locally.
Join us during MONA FOMA 2012, when the arts writers, reporters and photographers combine talents to bring you the stories in real time, using the hashtag # mercmofo and via the account, @ themercurycomau.
Reply and let us know your opinion of performances, your highlights and tips and we will share your insights with our followers too.