[As director of the Vienna Court Opera, Gustav Mahler] codified the etiquette of the modern concert experience, with its worshipful, pseudo-religious character. Opera houses of the nineteenth century were rowdy places; Mahler, who hated all extraneous noise, threw out singers' fan clubs, cut short audience applause between numbers, glared icily at talkative concertgoers, and forced latecomers to wait in the lobby. Emperor Franz Joseph, the embodiment of old Vienna, was heard to say: 'Is music such a serious business? I always thought it was meant to make people happy.' - Alex Ross, The Rest Is Noise
I wrote the piece in about 20 minutes. I spent months researching immigration policy and Zuckerberg's political action committee for a piece about the risks and opportunities of immigration policy, and distiller it into an easily digestible set of actions we cold all do. That's what I shared as broadly as possible. The self righteous folks in this thread were more interested in complaining about talking at movies.
I absolutely have been trying to get attention -- for important civic and social issues. If you only interact with me and my ideas about trivial bullshit that says far more about you and your choices than about me and mine.
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