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

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page - Fol­low us on Twit­ter: www. twit­ter. com/ the­mer­curyco­mau MONA FOMA sched­ule and iphone app: www. mofo. net. au

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.



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