[SCA-AE] noise at events
keaeris at erisian.net
Tue Oct 11 16:08:53 EDT 2005
>Do you think noise at events is a problem? (By this I mean loud parties,
>drumming, etc. after midnight.)
I have several thoughts on the matter:
The first is that the population of the SCA is definitely aging. A
lot of the people I met when I was 20 are now in their 50's, and
perhaps have forgotten the late-night drunken revels that they
participated in during their misspent youth. I'm not sure that it's
fair for me to advocating rules forbidding reasonable levels of noise
after any hour at a weekend event when I quite clearly rememeber
drunked parties at Herald's Point at 3 am and learning to belly dance
in my combat boots at 2 am. My being 41 doesn't really give me the
right to say 'no'.
It seems a little strange that anyone would come to a place like
Pennsic and expect suburban levels of quiet.
If you want all the comfort and quiet of home, then you probably stay home.
This does not include the obvious problem children, who know no
restraint, are dangerous, and have zero consideration for others.
>Should there be a Kingdom law about quiet times at events?
If An Tir wants to make a kingdom law about it, then they can go
right ahead and legislate all the foolishness they want. I would
think that all that was needed was the autocrat coming to them and
saying "You're too loud. Reduce volume." and having people removed
in the middle of the night to get the message that polite limits to
behavior should be the rule. :shrug:
This also doesn't address the issue of people who want all the
comfort and quiet of home, who probably should have stayed home.
I am against the establishment of an SCA Nanny State, especially
since the misadventures with the Pennsic Children's rules have proven
that draconian policy shifts don't cause the irresponsible to change
their ways and just tells the rest of us that we should buzz off and
find something else to do with our vacation time and money.
>Has noise ever adversely affected your enjoyment of an event?
Only when Pandora's Box seemed to feel that loudly shouting "F-ck!"
at 4am was somehow the socially appropriate thing to do. But even
that group finally figured out that it needed to rein in it's evil
ways and attempt to get along with its neighbors.
>Or do you go to events to party and make noise?
Is this a leading or judgmental question?
The best way to handle noise is to say that the autocrat, or their
appointed representatives, get to decide when 'loud' is too loud and
that people should come to events expecting something other than
suburban levels of quiet or serenity.
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