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The iPod is a “multi-faceted transformative device”

“If you thought you liked the iPod because of its looks, think again. It could, according to one academic, be a way of regaining your personal space.

To Dr Michael Bull, portable music players are ‘multi-faceted transformative devices’, a ‘tool whereby users manage space, time and the boundaries around the self.’

Dr. Bull is one of the few academics, possibly the only one, to spend time researching what owners of iPods and other music players do with their gadgets, why they listen to them and what difference they make to their lives.”

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1

“Dr. Bull is one of the few academics, possibly the only one,... “

Nope… I’m going through a series of interviews with a professor at my university who is doing research nearly *identical* to Dr. Bull’s.

:D

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on March 9, 2004 at 7:49 AM (PDT)

2

Sorry for the flippant comment…..but sounds like a load of “bull” wink

Posted by Dan Meineck on March 9, 2004 at 8:10 AM (PDT)

3

This guy interviews hundreds of people to come to the conclusion that everyone already knows!

People use portable music devices because:

1. they like music, and

2. They want to be left alone.

Wow, freakin’ amazing. I have to get me a job like that.

Posted by Margk on March 9, 2004 at 8:11 AM (PDT)

4

Dr. Bull has a Masters degree from the University of OBVIOUS and a Doctorate from the the Polytechnic University of CRAP!

Try some productive research for a change!

Posted by Stylescraper on March 9, 2004 at 8:24 AM (PDT)

5

It presents more than those two points. You need to reread the article. I personally find it very interesting.

Posted by monkedsel on March 9, 2004 at 8:25 AM (PDT)

6

Thats such Bull! *slaps knee jovially*

No its not. I couldn’t resist.

Posted by Andrew on March 9, 2004 at 10:07 AM (PDT)

7

This isn’t crap, this is psychological research.  Try walking around New York City for a couple days and tell me that iPods haven’t created a change in the overall atmosphere of the city.  Obviously people listen to music in public for different reasons, but what’s worth studying is the *effect* it has on a culture when everyone is walking around like a zombie.  If that’s not inetersting, I don’t know what is. 

Posted by A on March 9, 2004 at 8:37 PM (PDT)

8

Walkman.  Ipod just enhanced what was already there.

Posted by tetro on March 9, 2004 at 9:29 PM (PDT)

9

Why are we hearing about this Bull guy AGAIN?!? I specifically remember making a “sounds like bull” joke a few weeks ago!

Posted by Biff on March 10, 2004 at 5:25 AM (PDT)

10

Why is all of the news on this site so unbelievably CRAP. Which lame dickheads write this stuff?

This site is complete and utter wank - a meeting ground for sad kiddies kissing each other’s ### for buying the various mini colours and lame old nobbies going on about how they can rotate their entire frank zappa collection bi-weekly based on the color of their underpants.

You sad #######. The ipod is a pocket music player, not a way of life.

Posted by Si The Truth Speaker on March 10, 2004 at 5:31 AM (PDT)

11

i find it interesting too. these are things you do, therefore you know, but you don’t know why you do them, and he’s explaining.

stop flaming everything

Posted by silver_haze20 on March 10, 2004 at 5:38 AM (PDT)

12

Tetro - you’re right, the ipod concept is similar to a portable walkman or discman.  What’s different now, however, is the amount of people using iPods as opposed to discmans five years ago.  At least in NYC, (that’s where I live and where I’ve seen the largest ipod influence), there are many more people using ipods than ever used walkmans or discmans.  Why?  Because ipods are trendy.  Because it’s a lot easier to carry an ipod around than a discman and 12 cds.  But as I said before, it’s not *why* people are listening to music that’s important.  Take in to consideration the effect the ipod has had on your life.  Now multiply that times all the ipod users in a community, and you begin to see a change in the way people interact with one another. 

Posted by A on March 10, 2004 at 8:46 AM (PDT)

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Tetro - you’re right, the ipod concept is similar to a portable walkman or discman.  What’s different now, however, is the amount of people using iPods as opposed to discmans five years ago.  At least in NYC, (that’s where I live and where I’ve seen the largest ipod influence), there are many more people using ipods than ever used walkmans or discmans.  Why?  Because ipods are trendy.  Because it’s a lot easier to carry an ipod around than a discman and 12 cds.  But as I said before, it’s not *why* people are listening to music that’s important.  Take in to consideration the effect the ipod has had on your life.  Now multiply that times all the ipod users in a community, and you begin to see a change in the way people interact with one another. 

Posted by A on March 10, 2004 at 8:46 AM (PDT)

14

uh.interesting…

Posted by Ed on March 10, 2004 at 4:29 PM (PDT)

15

“Why is all of the news on this site so unbelievably CRAP. Which lame dickheads write this stuff?

This site is complete and utter wank - a meeting ground for sad kiddies kissing each other’s a** for buying the various mini colours and lame old nobbies going on about how they can rotate their entire frank zappa collection bi-weekly based on the color of their underpants.

You sad f******. The ipod is a pocket music player, not a way of life.”

Oh Jesus, dude… Who the hell here is saying that it is anything BUT a music player?

Go lurk at the mall or something. You’re obviously very stressed-out.

Posted by shhh on March 11, 2004 at 1:09 PM (PDT)

16

say what!!!

Posted by glad1959 on March 14, 2004 at 4:09 PM (PDT)

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