Originally Posted by amerikajinda
... this was a "perfect storm", and it's a shame that only a handful of people recognized this.
seems to me a perfect storm requires the proper environmental conditions. at least some humidity in the air or something.
Let's look at this the other way around. People in a crowded mass transit situation: what do they do, what are they like? Of necessity, they put blinders on, avoid too much eye contact, and put up the shields required for self-preservation. Sure, people are social animals, but notthat
social. Overcrowding creates self-inflicted alienation.
--This means they are generally focused on their mission: get to where you're going. Any dilly-dallying is generally a risk - you are displaying that you are perhaps easily distracted, that you might not have you mind on your business, that maybe you wouldn't notice if someone picked your pocket for example (or worse).
--and the result of that is a set of expectations: that whatever is out there on the way, is not worth the risk of being distracted. Even if it sounds like good music, look: we're in a subway for pete's sake. Untoward things have been known to happen here more occasionally than at, say, a concert hall. So the basic understanding is that NOT stopping to listen to some good music is not a big loss, because indeed the context does mean something. This is not the place to expect people to get all touchy-feely with the rose-smelling. In fact just the opposite.
Is that sad? I don't think so. I can think of at least a couple problems that would arise if everyone were taking time to smell the flowers in the subway station. One (some of you may think this is crass), the amount of work that got done in a day would likely go down. And B, crime would probably go up with all those people becoming softer targets. Maybe people would be happier, but only until they realized their wallets were missing.
I'm all for unexpected beauty, but doesn't this all seem a little disingenuous? Why not set up the dude in a park? Probably because it wouldn't get them the results they wanted.
/andrew - played violin for a couple years in middle school, never could get that whole 'vibrato' skill to happen.