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March.02.2005 : Wednesday
 Society is dead, we have retreated into the iWorld
Nothing too original here, but a nicely-written opinion piece on the weird isolation that results from portable music.
They walk down the street in their own MP3 cocoon, bumping into others, deaf to small social cues, shutting out anyone not in their bubble.
Link: the ipod people
» adina  · 11:19 »gadgets comments [9] 


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misanthrope   3/2/2005 12:05
If other people didn't suck so bad, I wouldn't need to shut myself off.



kristen   3/2/2005 12:40
Amen.

:r mac   3/2/2005 13:29
i totally agree with this article - and have been noticing it myself more and more.

my current pet peeve are people who have their headphones in, apparently 24-7. Walking down the street with their girlfriend... standing in line waiting for a table with their friends... going around the corner to get a coffee during work.

wtf people. do you have to have your friggin' soundtrack on 24-7?

oh, and don't get me started on those P.O.S. white headphones. I love the ipooood, but Apple screwed up on those headphones and that pointless, crappily built remote.

(ok... breathe... calm down)


stu   3/2/2005 13:44
That was a dumb article. Apparently, Andrew Sullivan believes that choice is a bad thing. That finding a niche of music that you like is bad. that we should all just choke down whatever bands have paid to be on the radio these days. And that we're being anaesthetized by technology.

This technology gives me something that I enjoy. My own little universe. Which I then talk about with others. Share music. Burn CDs and learn new things.

Andrew Sullivan's a condescending idiot. I use my iPod to drown people like him out.


epk   3/2/2005 13:52
The iPod is nice for train rides when there is a loudmouth talking about the asinine minutae of their lives at a deafening volume. It does not prevent me from noticing the world around me, or saying hello if I am addressed by someone. I would rather listen to music than stare into space, which is what would happen if I didn't have the iPod or walkman or whatever.

liz   3/2/2005 16:46
being ipodless i agree and disagree with y'all. i listen to books on cd when i can, but for the most part i either read or knit. i'm not trying to drown people out -- and neither are most i-pod users. however, i totally understand folks having to to speak loudly to be heard over the roar of the train. granted, some are assholes, but for the most part it's just two people trying to communicate about what's important to them.

pony   3/2/2005 18:16
I hate trying to pass ppl who have thier music jacked up. I know that is short tempered of me, cuz i do like walking and listening to music, but it makes my blood boil. That said, I love it when ppl involuntarily strut or sing along with their music. But I always wonder what I am missing when I can't hear my surroundings.

:r   3/2/2005 20:49
Stu, I don't know if i agree with you... being that our art and life is so defined to such an exact level - I think it quarantines people into such little boxes. Variety, moderation... I can't get that if I only listen to my own handpicked 5000 songs, and only one specialized digital radio station, and read only one niche magazine.

stu   3/3/2005 01:15
the thing that I like about all this technology is that it allows me to branch out ...used correctly, things like Limewire and iPods and blogs and the like expose you to more...things like robot filter expand, rather than limit, what you can be exposed to. It's certainly better than just reading the New York Times and listening to a radio station or two. Sure, specialization is for insects, but I don't think we're getting more insular...just becoming a jack of more trades than before.




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