On that Friday in January, those private questions would be answered in an unusually public way. No one knew it, but the fiddler standing against a bare wall outside the Metro in an indoor arcade at the top of the escalators was one of the finest classical musicians in the world, playing some of the most elegant music ever written on one of the most valuable violins ever made. His performance was arranged by The Washington Post as an experiment in context, perception and priorities — as well as an unblinking assessment of public taste: In a banal setting at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend?
A separate Nielsen study found that in April 2010 Australians spent over seven hours per day on social networking sites - the most in the world - while 63 per cent had a Facebook profile. Sociologists hail the changes brought on by the internet as a step in the right direction for society. They see it as an easy way for people to reach out to others who they would never meet in their ‘real world’ lives and ultimately enrich the human experience.