Saturday, March 19, 2011

Audience For Whom or What?

Here's a fun game. Can you guess what the audience depicted below is watching? An FDR speech? Shakespeare in the park? Underdog? The answer is after the jump.

It's a crowd watching a scoreboard from the street during the 1911 Baseball World Series in New York City. Can you imagine--watching only a scoreboard, to keep track of the game? This is a kind of baseball audiencing you don't hear too much about. While similar, I suppose, to the removed position of a listener to a radio broadcast, there was no narrative, here, only tense waiting for the intermittent and incremental changes to the numbers: strike, ball, hit, run. Any narrative was likely generated among the members of the crowd, who look to have been enjoying their camaraderie even as their attention was focused elsewhere.


  1. Nice observation, Dan. It's a bit like watching your email or your facebook wall for updates. You don't see, hear, or even experience those updates. You just get a one sentence synopsis.
    - VincentY

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