No iPod Day
Pierre Bastien wrote a compelling piece, responding to the disconnection many people feel:
“Walk down the street, sit on a train, or fly on a plane, and what do you see? Most likely, many people with wires coming out of their ears. They’ve got earphones stuffed deep into their eardrums, drowning out the sounds of the world by blasting music directly into their brains.
I do this too. In fact I love listening to music while I’m on the go.
But I started thinking, what if we all spent a day without iPods or other music players crammed into our ears? What would happen?
Maybe instead of running away from our world by short-circuiting one of our senses, we could stop to appreciate it. Or at least acknowledge it.
We could all hear the sounds of the world around us for a change. We’d have a new appreciation for the people in our world. We could hear someone saying, “Excuse me” as they are trying to get by us. We might have a conversation with someone we wouldn’t normally talk to.”