Have You Been iJacked?

Wired brings word of yet another bizarre, technology-inspired urban trend beginning to crop up amongst owners of Apple iPod music devices. Ranking among flash mobbing and playlistism, morning joggers seem to be approaching one another and exchanging headphone jacks (hence the term 'jack swapping') in order to gleen a glimpse of the other person's musical taste. Blogger Tigilinde was first to notice this interesting technological trend, which may promise to be the pickup line for the noughties:

Warily unplugging his own earbuds, Crandall gingerly plugged them into the woman's iPod, and was greeted by a rush of techno.

"We listened for about 30 seconds," Crandall said. "No words were exchanged. We nodded and walked off."

Not being a member of either zealous group (namely, recipient of an iPod or morning exerciser - to say the least), I can't say I've ever partaken of this rather peculiar emergent norm. No doubt the practice has the potential to increase the breadth of many people's musical tastes (within reason). I have my doubts about the ability of the age bracket likely to engage in the practice to experience a cultural epiphany after being subjected to the likes of Brahms and Schoenberg, which are frequently heard eminating from my MP3 player in all their lossy glory. Elitism aside, I wonder how many more social crazes will be spurned by Apple products.