Thursday, March 17, 2005

Music as disinfectant

A few weeks ago David McDuff posted about businesses that pipe in classical music to drive away yobs. Shortly afterwards, the bus station that I walk through on my way to work adopted this very approach, interspersing The Four Seasons and other Classic FM favourites with warnings about antisocial behaviour.

The interesting thing is that it seems to be working: the station was the area's epicentre for fights, drug deals, graffiti and firecrackers, but has become much calmer and more pleasant since the music started. Some observers have pointed out that the use of art as a deterrent raises troubling questions about our culture. This may be true, but for the moment I'm just pleased to have a cheap and peaceful solution to the station's problems.

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