A leading classical music composer's got so fed up with mobile phones going off during performances that he wants offenders to be fined and ejected from the venue.
Sir Peter Maxwell Davis's call for a zero-tolerance policy has sparked a debate about when and where it's appropriate to use mobiles. But would a ban work?
It's been described as one of the great artistic blights of our time: the ringing mobile phone in the middle of a particularly quiet and moving piece of music, or just as the lead actor in your favourite play is about to deliver his lines… To be, or not to… BEEP!
For some it's a nuisance; for others an act of vandalism. Sir Peter, who is the Master of the Queen's Music, has called it artistic terrorism.
After at least three mobiles interrupted a concert he was attending, he said he'd write to mobile networks to find out how a penalty system could be introduced. Any money raised by the clampdown would go to a musicians' charity.
But it's not just the ring tones which get up Sir Peter's nose. He also finds people texting and checking their emails distracting and discourteous.
Many agree with his hard-line approach. But others argue that too many stringent rules will put people off going to concerts. Musician and journalist Samara Ginsberg reckons audiences are self-policing anyway. She thinks they let miscreants know very clearly their mobile use is unacceptable. If they do it again they understand ''they'll be strung up,'' she said.
1. Does Sir Peter Maxwell Davis think people who use mobiles at concerts should be removed from the venue?
Yes, he wants offenders to be fined and ejected from the venue.
2. What crime does Sir Peter compare using a mobile in a concert to?
Terrorism. Sir Peter, who is the Master of the Queen's Music, has called it an act of musical terrorism.
3. Does Sir Peter want to get rich from fining people?
No. Any money raised would go to a musicians' charity.
4. Is Sir Peter's approach moderate?
No. Many agree with his hard-line approach.
5. Does everyone agree there's a need to create strict rules?
No. Samara Ginsberg reckons audiences are self-policing.
offenders 触犯 (法律和规章的) 的人
a zero-tolerance policy 零容忍，决不容忍政策
a nuisance 讨厌的人，事情
an act of vandalism 一种恶意破坏行为
a penalty system 一种惩罚制度
get up (someone’s) nose 触怒某人
strung up 被处以绞刑