It was not all that long ago that a ride on a public bus was likely to include at least one, as we called them back then, ghetto blaster. Of course boom box soon replaced the original derogatory term. It never ceased to amaze me that the louder the music, the lousier it was. I like music, and I must admit I like it loud if it is good. But the crap most of these kids blasted was god awful at any decibel level.
Then along came smart-phones and hi-tech headphones and ear-buds and before you knew it public transit was once again quiet. Everyone was in their own little world. But now our level of tolerance seems to have dropped. Pictured on the left above is a sign that I noticed on a Montreal bus requesting that folks not impose their music on others, even if wearing headphones. On the right is an example of how it once was. Wow. What a switch. Have we become so intolerant that even a bit of leakage from a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre’s or BOSE upsets us? Geez Louise!