I wonder if this is a by-product of the decline of external arts opportunities for students in K12 schooling… People don’t learn how to become a good audience member.
Or — whether or not this just speaks to a set of social class expectations about being an audience member. Audiences in the early part of the 19th century & earlier certainly didn’t expect to sit quietly at performances. They expected and did boo, his, cheer, heckle, cry, cheer, etc. . . .
Thoughts? What does it mean to be a good audience member? Should you expect the person next to you to sit like a zombie? Or is it up to the performers to generate the behavior they need and expect?