Joshua Bell performing in the metro station
I recently read an article somebody shared on Facebook entitled, A Violinist in the Metro by David Emery. Even though this article was published years ago, it has soon made its way back into the circulation. This article was about the Washington Post conducting an experiment to see what the priorities of people are these days. The experiment was to have somebody play a musical instrument in the metro at the busiest time of day (preferably in the morning) to see what the people of our society have become and what they do about it. Throughout the experiment, a few people stopped to listen only to realize they were going to be late for work. Others didn’t even stop to listen at all, they just threw some money into his violin case. What these people didn’t realize was, the guy that was playing the violin in the metro was Joshua Bell. He is one of the best musicians that had a sold out show just two days before this experiment where the tickets were being sold at 100 bucks a seat. He was also playing a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.This just goes to show that people don’t pay attention to the world around them. All they care about is getting to work on time and rushing to get back home.
To me, this article proves that I as well as many others just need to slow down and take a step back. I mean, I am only going to be young once so why not enjoy it while I can. In just a few years, I will be just like those people in the metro station rushing to get to work and being too busy to take time out of the day just to enjoy life itself.
This experiment proved the Washington’s Post point. People are too busy to appreciate the littlest of things in life.
In this New York Times article http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/30/sports/othersports/30fight.html?_r=1&ref=mixedmartialarts first published in May of 2008. The author tells of how the military is using the popular sport of mixed martial arts or UFC as a new way and means of recruiting. The author interviews Maj. Kelly Crigger, who tells how the military is using this sport as a means to build moral in its troops and a way to train the soldiers in hand to hand combat. The Major also tell of how the majority of the fans of the sport are young American males so they feel that by backing the sport and showing that they believe in it and even allow you to participate in the sport if you are in the military. They are using it as a way to try and recruit our younger generation into service. Continue reading
"We want our MTV!"
“I want my MTV!” In fact, “I want my MTV back!”
Did you ever wondered what happened to the MTV generation?; the generation who were the ones who coined the phrase “I want my MTVEEE!”; the generation that put MTV at cult status in society. This was the generation that helped support the beginning of the new age of music videos. In America this was the generation who were at a time when Madonna was a teenager; Beavis and Butthead were legends in their own minds in front of all America; and VJ’s, or video jockies’ replaced DJ’s. It was a generation who would do whatever they saw in music videos and would adhere to the words of the VJ’s as almost holy. This was a new generation who were spawned from a culture that were aside from the baby boomers of the fifties,and the hippies of the sixties, and the disco goers of the seventies. This generation was the beginning of a whole new era. They were the shiznit! Continue reading
Conspiracy Theorists form an anti-establishment subculture that is filled with some of the most bizarre and intriguing ideas in America. From thoughts on who killed JKF, to a fake moon landing, to the CIA inventing AIDS, all the way to a 9/11 American-led plot. In their article on the 40th anniversary of the moon landing (or NASA hoax?) Time Magazine detailed 10 of the most famous conspiracy theories in the world held by this subculture of theorists. This subculture is so fascinating because it forces those in the group and those on the outside to re-examine many things that they believe or have been taught to believe. The theorists are very good at stirring up doubt. In the Time article it is published that only 32% of the American public believes a lone gunman, Oswald, plotted and killed JFK. Continue reading