The Washington Post put together an amazing experiment on the power of context. They had Joshua Bell, a world-renowned violinist, perform in a Washington, DC metro station. He was ‘disguised’ as a regular street performer (i.e. he left the tux at home).
The article is a fascinating read and includes video of the experiment. During Bell’s hour long performance over a thousand people passed by, ignoring a performer who commands thousands of dollars a minute. Only a small handful of people took the time to stop and listen. As the article points out, context is everything. Looks like we’ll be handing out tuxes to all the Tropist signups from here on out.
(Thanks for the heads up David!)