I've been thinking for a while now how I wanted to construct this post. I want to throw out some hypothetical situations and see how different types would react to them.
I'll explain what I saw that made me think of this after I type out the hypotheticals.
1) You're walking down the street alone in a commercial district of a town or city and you spot a small crowd of people. As you get closer you see that in front of the crowd there's a camera and a field reporter from the local news who is doing a live report. What is your reaction and what do you choose to do?
2) Same question as 1) except you're with a group of people. Someone in the group suggests to go to the small crowd of people. How would you react? If no one suggested to go to the crowd of people, would you?
3) You're at a small local restaurant/coffee shop/pub by yourself and you spot someone that you recognize as a famous person and you are reasonably confident it actually is the person and not someone who looks like them. What is your reaction and what do you choose to do (if anything)?
4) Same question as 3) except you're with a small group of people (say 3 or 4 others) and someone spots the person. Someone suggests they are going over to talk to the person. What is your reaction? If no one suggests going over to talk to them/get their autograph/take a picture with them, do you?
I thought about this after seeing some recent polical rallies on tv and thinking about those people that are there waving a sign and talking on their cell phones at the same time. You know what I'm talking about. It's not limited to political rallies, it happens anytime there's a camera on. Just something I thought about.
I also thought this memory I have when I was younger when I went to a baseball game with my SLE dad. In this particular memory, we had seats about 10 rows behind the 3rd base dugout (the visitor's dugout). At the time I was in Little League baseball, and I had been playing some first base, so I brought my first base mitt with me. Will Clark (who was the first baseman for the Giants at the time) was one of my favorite players at the time and they happened to be playing the Astros. I remember Will Clark popped out of the dugout in the middle of the game and started waving to the crowd. My dad leaned over and said "Wave your first baseman's mitt. He'll get a big kick out of that." And I remember thinking to myself "What? Why?"
This was extended when my dad was like "Come on, let's go down and get his autograph" And I'm like "No, that's ok". See, there's this gap that exists in things like this where I'm of the opinion that people should generally be left alone in public. I don't like bothering people needlessly, especially more well-known people. So, I feel that if I don't bother them, that's one less person that they have to respond to with the same tired questions/comments. The other faction says, "They're professional athletes, they sign autographs all the time. It's their job to do that." as if to say that it's the athlete's responsibility to give things to the public and the public is entitled to those things if they ask for them.
I see both sides of the argument, but if I see someone being bombarded with attention, I don't like piling on wanting to get their attention under any circumstance. I don't like asking for autographs from people. I don't want to make idle chit-chat with someone if I feel like they get asked the question hundreds of times. I feel better if I spare them of having to go through that.
If I see a crowd of people around a camera, my reaction is to walk the opposite direction and ignore what's going on. Or, act like I've been there before. If the group I'm with wants to go towards the crowd, I'll do something to separate from the group, like keep walking down the street or go sit somewhere. I don't get a thrill from getting in front of a camera and waving "WOOO I'M ON TV" and calling a friend of mine and going "HEY QUICK TURN ON CHANNEL _ THEY GOT A CAMERA ON OVER HERE... YEAH, DO YOU SEE ME? I'M WAVING... NO? NO, I'M... NO, I'M JUST BEHIND THAT GUY. YEAHHHHH! PARTY AT MY PLACE TONIGHT! WE'RE SO GONNA DVR THIS!" There are reasons for this, but I won't get into that right now.
Ok, your thoughts now.