.....I get onto the R train in New York.
And here comes a guy with a portable DVD player.
Now that was interesting just from a media-geek perspective: TV everywhere.
But then it got interesting from a sociological perspective.
The guy is playing hiphop videos on his DVD and the volume's high. We ride a few stops. I very slyly take the picture you see here with my phone. Then, at 14th Street, a woman -- older, same race, which is relevant to what's next -- comes over to the guy and scolds him: "You need to get headphones." He scowls and shouts, "F*** you."
She says, "It's rude and inconsiderate."
He says, "I don't f***ing care."
She says that's obvious.
He calls her a "fake n****" (which is a head-scratching epithet, if you think about it).
She stomps off. He keeps playing and then carries his DVD off at Canal Street...
Saturday, January 17, 2004