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The Context Of Beauty (Eric Spears)

25 Feb

One day in a Washington DC subway station an acclaimed classical violinist Joshua Bell conducted an experiment and played for tips no one knowing who he was. Playing this piece he made 27 dollars in tips and was barely noticed. It shows the importance context plays when people see things like art or music or dance, like how graffiti was seen as a crime due to it being placed on subway cars and walls the context in which we observe media shapes our understanding of it. This man plays music for millions of dollars but in this subway station he was just another beggar.

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2 Responses to “The Context Of Beauty (Eric Spears)”

  1. dotts2000 February 25, 2013 at 4:22 am #

    we are sometimes so caught up in our everyday lives that we do not take time to acknowlege whats around us. Somepeople only understand music when they are lyrics associated with it.

  2. mcarpenter1394 February 25, 2013 at 4:52 am #

    I love this video, i remember seeing it awhile ago and it really made me think. Its sad that we are so concerned with who the person is instead of what they are playing. Makes you want to slow down and actually listen to the people playing.
    Also, a few other popular bands have done the same thing!

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