A couple of days ago I was taking the subway to an interview. While waiting for the train I could hear the faint sound of music coming from somewhere. I turned to my left to look at the busker only to realize that it wasn't him. He was playing the guitar and singing to some shitty folk song. Out of the corner of my right eye I noticed a small group of people bobbing their heads so I turned around to get a better look.
It turns out that one guy was holding a cellphone at shoulder level while two other friends were huddled beside him to hear the song. Now I don't know how many people who read the blog grew up in the late 70's and early eighties like myself, but from what I remember from my youth, this wasn't how this kind of thing was supposed to go down. If you wanted to listen to music out loud and annoy the people around you, you came correct. You would have the biggest, baddest boombox resting on your shoulder blasting Fight the Power by Public Enemy. Playing Right 'Round by Flo Rida on your cellphone doesn't quite have the same effect.
It's bad enough that people on the street are blasting tunes in their headphones so loud that you can hear it while standing 10 feet away. Now we have to contend with this?
So what's next? My money is on people beating off to porn videos shown on tiny cellphone projectors while on public transit.