Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Subway Stop Social Experiment

Washington Post writer Gene Weingarten takes a clever concept and executes it brilliantly.

Will commuters stop and smell the roses? Or in this case, stop and listen to the beautiful music from world class violinist Joshua Bell?

At the L'enfant metro station in DC, Bell plays for 45-minutes in the middle of rush hour. He is mostly ignored by passersby and makes a grand total of $32.17. But fascinating part is the anaylsis of why people slow down or don't. It's the kids who stop to watch and the parents that prod them along.

One of the highlights from the piece:
"Koyaanisqatsi" is a Hopi word. It means "life out of balance."

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