Time and time again I brag about being an 80’s baby and boast about how proud I am of it; I guess maybe because the 80’s was a good time to grow up as a youngster. I remember as a child, going to my dad’s office in Queens, New York and gazing at men with enormous goal chains around their neck holding a boom-box (a radio that played music usually with double-D batteries) playing music very loud. I remember songs like “It takes two to make a thing go right” by Rob Base and “Push-It” by Salt & Pepper. I can recall pulling my hand away from my mom and dancing on the street like a mad woman, with my mom giving me scolding eyes when people would walk by with their silver boom-box. I would immediately stop dancing but it would only result in me singing the song just as loud as the music coming out of the boom-box. In those day’s it wasn’t uncommon to have people blast their music on the street. It’s ironic, because back then it was deemed a nuisance when today I think it’s more annoying that people are so selfish with their music; I STILL LIKE TO DANCE PEOPLE! These days, the only music you can attempt to hear is the music piercing out of someone else’s headphones if they’re playing their music loud. Not only are people not sharing music with their neighbors, new technologies like iPod’s, cell phones, and texting, are enabling people to communicate with each other.
<After reading Michael Bull’s article about the “iPod culture”, it really put a whole new spin on things for me regarding how people communicate. I agreed with almost everything he said. I thought it was just me. I’m glad I’m not the only person who things it’s rude for people to have a conversation with another individual while still having their earphones in their ear. The iPod phenomenon creates people to become introvert, less personable and let’s face it almost invisible to the world. The iPod being a technological device intended for one person, immediately allows people to isolate themselves from the world around them. When people were playing their boom-boxes walking down the street, at least they were sharing music with the world instead of living in a bubble.
I have an iPod and I can tell you, the only time I’m using it is when I’m in the gym. I enjoy speaking to people. I enjoy hearing Mother Nature. I welcome strangers that come up to me and ask me for the time or directions. Weirdly enough, I like the “music” of New York City. If it were up to me, I would ban iPod listening in public. People need to enjoy sharing with others and get back to face –to-face communication without technological interference. As much as I love talking on the phone, it could never ever replace how special having a one on one conversation with someone next to you. Say it with me, “Thou shall not let technology (hint hint) the iPod corrupt your interpersonal skills”.