Wednesday, February 07, 2007

While it's difficult to understand the complexity of living in a city as maddeningly huge and relentless as New York City if you don't actually live in New York City, it isn't difficult to identify a bona fide, ill conceived over-reaction when it comes to making rules about what you can and can't do while living there.

Apparently, there's a new bill being presented in the Senate which states you can't listen to iPods or use electronic devices while crossing the street in New York - probably because three people have recently been killed crossing the street. It's the same formula for the reasons behind why the fashion industry are suddenly policing thin models.
Three people died so BANG let's make a rule. In fact, it's the same mentality behind not allowing liquids and gels on aircrafts. One bomb attempt - now NO liquids. Because liquids were the key, not the inclination towards terrorism. Same thing with thin models: an industry focus on the surface details, which is what fashion is, is what encourages models to be thin. It also encourages fashion industry professionals to be shallow and fake and cruel but there's no rule against that. So, here we are with evidence that people are distracted while crossing the road in New York - is this really a new trend?

There is no way in hell this new bill would be policeable. The police have better things to do - unless they enlist a new squad of pedestrian watching luddites or something and no New Yorker is going to give the time of day to an iPod policing traffic cop.

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