June 17, 2007

iPod owners dress badly

Hockney in Lucian Freud's Studio
"The artist David Hockney believes the ubiquitous music player is contributing to a decline in visual awareness that is damaging art and painting in particular.

It even makes people dress badly.
"I think we are not in a very visual age and it's producing badly dressed people. They have no interest in mass or line or things like that."
iPods to blame for total eclipse of the art ...


  1. I don't know about the dress badly part, but I must admit that whenever I see an iPoder get on the train or tram and then proceed to plug themselves in and gape at nothing for the next half-hour, I shudder inwardly and hope I'll never be like that.

    Then there was the iPoder who hopped on the tram last week. She spent 15 minutes fiddling around to find a song she liked, sat there for one minute, discovered it was her stop, and got off. What's the point?

  2. Aside from some kind of music playing machine or a book/mag, what does one do on public transport?

  3. Anonymous11:06 PM

    Indeed Timmy !
    What's the point?

    Gimme a good book any day !

  4. I rather enjoy the *sounds of the city* Nails, either that, or a read.

    The iPod thing bothers me on a number of levels, not least of which is that people lock themselves off in their own artificial world - okay, there are lots of ways to do that, not just with an iPod - which apart from anything else is quite dangerous when you're wandering about, but it also seems to be a means by which to disengage from your daily surroundings - life, basically.

    For me, I don't need a musical soundtrack to travel with me through life - it's enough that films have them.

    I read, or I day dream, or mentally plan what I need to do, stuff like that. Sometimes I even look at the scenery, or fellow travelers.

  5. You're quite right that they block things out - they block out the sounds of the drunk American students on the bus on the way home, they block out the excruciating conversations people have on their mobiles, and the extraordinary things people feel quite free to discuss in very public space. I use it, the music or lectures or dramatisations, to block out the things I'm not interested in - it doesn't prevent me, or presumably anyone else, from reading or planning or daydreaming. Quite often it helps.
    I want to be disengaged from my commute - and it is quite a long one. I also want to discourage the very strange people who always feel the need to talk to me.

  6. Anonymous11:25 PM

    Each to his own eh girls?

  7. Drunk American students are hilarious! On the train I read or write or muse idly or laugh at the other people on with me (inwardly (I don't want to get punched)).

    It's true that reading can have similar effects to incessant iPoding. For instance, I read while I'm walking and have had several collisions with doors and lamposts...

  8. No really, Tim, they're not. What they are is astonishingly loud and unintelligible. And they scream, a lot. And if I hear one more of them describe the Opera House as 'quaint' I may scream.

    I generally walk into things because I'm uncoordinated - not because I'm not looking at where I'm going. Alas, there is no cure for being a bit of a spaz.

  9. Okay Nails, you get special exemption, for cruel and unusal circumstances.

    They think the opera house is “quaint”?

    Sheesh – compared to what?

    They scream a lot? I get that in the privacy of my own home, when the young folk in the surrounding street arrive / leave / party / generally hang out. I never realised just how often, and for no apparent reason, that young women “scream” by way of contribution to conversation and social lubrication. All the more startling in an otherwise silent street at 3.00 am in the morning. The puntuation of female squeals, squeaks and screams is, I suggest, almost more annoying (and sleep disrupting) than having to listen to Americans appreciating our “quaint” opera house.

    Yes, Nails, your case for iPod protection is well argued.

    PS - I'm ever hopeful that you always cease and desist from reading when attempting to cross roads Timmy, or when boarding / alighting trams / trains / buses.

  10. Most American tourists I've seen tend to wander about gaping at Melbourne buildings, shouting 'Oh my God!' and 'Awesome!' at regular intervals.

    I do leave off the book reading while crossing roads or entering trams and trains, mostly...

  11. I don't understand the screaming thing either. I have a very young male neighbour who generally accesses[?] his house by a door quite conveniently located near my bedroom window [a floor down but noise, I've noticed, travels up quite well]. He is frequently visited by bad-mannered friends including a bevy of screaming young women - all of whom use the door under my window, preferably at 3am or 6am and once, charmingly, they arrived to the beat of their own drums [literally]. I can't remember the point of this story [long work day] but I empathise with you on the evil screamers.