Jeeze, it’s been way too long since I posted. October has turned out to be the busiest month of the year.
At any rate, Garrett Warshaw at “Meh, Why Not” has a post about the IPodification of contemporary life. I should say, first, that I really love the title of his blog–“Meh” is one of my current favorite expletives.
The post reminded me that some undergrad students of mine, apparently turned on by my discussion of ethnomusicology as a practice in an intro course, told me in the hall the other day that they have been doing field work. I should say, they’re under no obligation to, and it does not count towards any project for the class. Truly, that’s the reason to teach.
Their research was to ask anyone on the quad that was listening to an ipod what they were listening to and whether they had their ipod on shuffle. Natch, the statistics said the majority were, indeed, listening on shuffle. We had a nice discussion of the impact of shuffle–that far fewer people record an album any more (my ultimate example, Tom Waits’s Orphans