Following on from our comments about Kate Bush requesting fans to enjoy the moment and not take photos or videos of her come back concert, Ryder Cup organisers have just announced that they are banning the use of audio or video capture and photos.
Unless on the practice range. This includes uploading of such files to twitter, facebook or other social media sites.
Whereas Kate Bush appealed to her fans to voluntarily cease such action, the majority of whom seemed to heed her request, the Ryder Cup organisers have taken the opposite view and are apparently forcing people not to take audio, video or photo footage or suffer confiscation of the offending phone or camera.
It is likely that the Ryder Cup organisers have unwittingly put themselves in a difficult position. On the one hand they have published the fact that no audio, video or photo footage will be allowed in order to preserve the image of the Ryder Cup. On the other hand it will be almost impossible to stop such footage being taken and instantly uploaded to social media.
Most mobile phones have sufficiently good cameras that do not make a shutter sound and can be used surreptitiously. Unless the Ryder Cup organisers are going to invest in closed circuit cameras and more marshals to enforce this ban, it will merely encourage people to post footage on social media to show that the ban is simply impractical.
Perhaps it would have been better to use peer pressure to stop people taking photos or videos, especially if it is distracting to the players. It will be interesting to see how the fans react.