The difficulty of organising events in a digital age, or, ‘y u register but no turn up?’

I’ve often seen events advertised, thought ‘that looks interesting’ and booked a place, giving little thought to how I’ll actually get there on a specific day. It’s an expressive action, with booking a place being more a matter of wanting to attend the event than it is of actually deciding to attend it. It’s the kind of action which is more likely in a state of perpetual distraction.

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(as Jodi Dean conveys it)

I try my best to ensure I tell the organizers when/if I realise I won’t actually attend. I sometimes fail to do this. More often I do it too late for it to be of any use in terms of reallocating tickets. I try to remind myself of this when I’m the organiser. It’s started to really irritate me when people do this at events I’ve organised. At a recent event three people, who didn’t show up despite three requests that anyone not willing to attend let me know, denied a potential place to three of the people on the waiting list. It wasted money but the fact other people might have turned up was what bothered me.

However I recognise that this is easy to do. Quite obviously because I do it myself. When there are so many opportunities, so much of interest that we confront when we browse social media, it’s easy to be overly enthusiastic when it comes to registering for events. Particularly given the mentality which emerges with such reliability when we’re immersed in social media.

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