Are people so wrapped up in their daily routines that they're missing out on artistic beauty? Discuss.
thats a pretty old article that one. some people only like music when they realise other people had already appreciated that music. Im sure if word had got around that a wolrd class violinist was busking, the place would have been packed around him - but since no-one was aware he was famous, they didnt bother. the quality of the music doesnt make any difference to such people.
Thought you meant the band. Was pretty surprised
And a band -U2- play on a rooftop and bring the place to a standstill.
So what does it prove? It proves that if you stick an unknown - unknown to most people: classical music is not very popular in the scheme of things - violin player into a busy spot where people are in a rush to catch the train then he will be largely ignored.
I am baffled that anybody expected a different result!
Not my conclusion! Its that of the author. There could be some ambiguity as to whether its a conclusion in the form of a rhetorical question or a question asking us to reflect on the nature of the society we inhabit eg the restraints placed on our time.
And it's bull! It's based on an experiment that was designed to fail.
They started with the conclusion and then figured out how to conduct an 'experiment' that would give that result.
You can reflect on the nature of the society we inhabit but those people in the train station were rushing to get a train! No time to reflect on the nature of society. They faced the sack for being late for work !!
I wonder if the same violin player had gone to a park on a sunny day how many people would have stopped and listened to him? Quite a lot I would expect, but that would be useless as a result for the idiots that conducted this experiment.
Whether they're idiots as you say is irrelevant. Actually no wait...this sounds like an AH post.
At least there is a fine principle to glean here - stop and smell the roses! But yes, it does seem the results would have different given different conditions.
I would say for the average non classical music buff (me for instance) that it's hard to distinguish (and recognise/have heard of person) between a very competent busker and a world class virtuoso when it comes to "classical" music, whereas if Morrissey was singing there it would be easy to spot him.