Andrew Sullivan of the Times Online
writes "There were little white wires hanging down from their ears, or
tucked into pockets, purses or jackets. The eyes were a little vacant.
Each was in his or her own musical world, walking to their soundtrack,
stars in their own music video, almost oblivious to the world around
them. These are the iPod people."
"But what are we missing? That hilarious shard of an overheard
conversation that stays with you all day; the child whose chatter on
the pavement takes you back to your early memories; birdsong; weather;
accents; the laughter of others. And those thoughts that come not by
filling your head with selected diversion, but by allowing your mind to
wander aimlessly through the regular background noise of human and
That's EXACTLY why I listen to choons, to drown out everyone else on
the train. I don't want to be at work thinking about the conversation
that a couple of school kids had ... and don't get me started on mobile
phone ringtones ...