Seth Godin comments on the world class violinist ignored by commuters in the subway. His conclusion (I think): we all ignore because in our world of natural suspicion we rely on marketing to flag what is and isn’t valuable.
True, I guess. What scares me too, is the possibility that we wouldn’t have even been able to distinguish between a world class violinist and a mediocre fiddler outside their appropriate setting.
clipped from sethgodin.typepad.com
I don’t think I would make that mistake. I would recognize Bell + his 1713 Strad anywhere.
On the other hand I can sympathize with those who do not. That’s the result of getting sensory bombarded all the time. We should all try to ration this precious resource: our attention.
Before we start beating ourselves up over this one, maybe we should remember that a violinist in a subway – where people are not there to stay, but are there to leave (as soon as possible) – just isn’t the best venue.
Sure, I’d listen if I had a few minutes, but if I wanted music, I’d carry it with me, or go where I could stop and enjoy.
I don’t see the problem here. Seems like a story that has more of an emotional effect when written than when spoken.