Thursday, October 12, 2006

Apologies to Thoreau: No longer marching to our own drummer - now we dance to our own iPod

If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. -Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

NOTE FROM BB: I have decided to put the beloved (though dropped once-too-many-times) early-3rd Generation (bw screen) U2-edition iPod on the shelf and have acquired a 5th Generation new video 80GB iPod (black) - can actually download Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (which is what I'll be watching on November 3) right into the iPod. But one can only imagine if the Liverpool Station Craze in London hits DC. Question: Which Metro Stop will it be?

LONDON---Hundreds of people descended on Liverpool Street station for the biggest ever turnout for the latest internet craze - mobile clubbing.

Armed with MP3 players loaded with favourite tracks the "clubbers" arrived on the concourse just after 7pm last night. Students, business people and office workers danced in silence as they listened to their iPods among commuters listening to announcements about late trains.

Details of the time and venue were sent by email. The event is similar to the flash mobbing movement pioneered in New York which involved large numbers of people gathering to conduct bizarre activities. One commuter said: "It was entertaining if strange to see all these people. It was the Soul Train arriving at platform one."

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