When I go to a public place, I will immediately be aware of everything that is going on around me. As a result, I will overhear nearby conversations without even trying.
I was using the campus recreation hall today. While I was setting down about to play a game of Tetris, I began to overhear a conversation begin to take place next to me. It was a group of two young guys playing a skateboarder game.
First Guy: Hey, look at that guy on the screen. Huh, that's pretty funny.
The guy was pointing to a character on the tv screen. When you don't use the videogame controls for a while, the character just stands there swaying back and forth like it's stoned.
First Guy: Look at him! It looks like he's stoned!
Second Guy: Yeah, so?
First Guy: Well, what do you think they are trying to say about skateboarders?
Second Guy: Hey, f-you! 'Yer a stoner too and I don't see you swaying when you stand.
First Guy: Yeah, well, that's because I'm sitting down.
Indeed, they were both sitting down.
So, I guess my questions are:
(1) Based on the above conversation, should I be concerned about where our society is headed?
(2) As a faculty member, is there anything wrong with using the campus recreation center? Would this be considered "too close" to the students?