每日跟讀#542: My Headphones, My Self
You see them on every block: people being propelled through their routines listening to their own individualized soundtracks, with the outside world serving as a stage set.
Headphones are now fashion statements. Status symbols. Fetish objects on par with luxury watches and limited-edition Nikes.
William Crosson, a 28-year-old executive recruiter and part-time DJ, wears V-Moda Crossfade Wireless headphones, a $270 set that looks like something a cyberhooligan might wear to a Berlin disco.
Alexander Gilkes, a member of Vanity Fair’s best-dressed list and founder of the auction site Paddle8, wears $400 headphones made by Master & Dynamic.
亞歷山大．吉爾克斯名登「浮華世界」雜誌最佳衣著金榜，也是拍賣網站Paddle8的共同創辦人，戴著要價400美元、由紐約頂級耳機品牌Master & Dynamic所製作的耳機。
Martin Gaynor, a 27-year-old freelance app developer for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, wears Symphonized 2s, a pair of wood-covered, over-the-ear headphones that he bought on Amazon for $53.
“The wooden earthy look just seemed to complement the subdued classical look I have on a day-to-day basis,” he said. “It just matched.”
Don’t forget the cultural bellwether Beyonce. In her “Lemonade” video last year, she belted out “Sandcastles,” a ballad of a woman scorned, while wearing $550 Prymas.
Global headphone sales hit a peak of $8.4 billion in 2013, and two years later, that figure rose to $11.2 billion, according to the research firm Futuresource Consulting. The company predicts that sales will rise another $2 billion by 2018, meaning we have yet to reach Peak Headphone.
The combination of the iPhone and headphones in many varieties (in-ear, over-the-ear, shaped-to-your-ear and so on) gives city dwellers the ability to largely avoid an experience that was once arguably the whole point of living in the crowd — interacting with others.
In a fraught public sphere, headphones provide a measure of privacy. Those who fall deeply into a Spotify playlist or the latest installment of an addictive podcast enter a cocoon-like zone all but impenetrable to tourists, beggars and those do-gooders with clipboards.
“Headphones are the front line of urban social defense,” said Julie Klausner, a comedian, actor and writer. “I’m introverted and socially anxious by nature. My worst nightmare is sitting next to someone on a plane or someone who wants to strike up a conversation on an elevator.”
Source article: https://paper.udn.com/udnpaper/POH0067/308147/web/
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