You heard that right (har har): America’s Most Concerned Mayor has decided to take on overly-loud headphone usage, out of fear that New Yorkers are going deaf. While he’s not quite charging into the same grabby crusade he levied against Big Gulps—there are no proposed laws (yet)—he’s creating a social media campaign to warn New Yorkers of the dire consequences of listening to the ol' iPod on full volume.
Hizzoner’s health officials are planning a social-media campaign to warn young people about the risk of losing their hearing from listening to music at high volume on personal MP3 players, The Post has learned.
“With public and private support, a public-education campaign is being developed to raise awareness about safe use of personal music players . . . and risks of loud and long listening,” said Nancy Clark, the city Health Department’s assistant commissioner of environmental-disease prevention.
The campaign, which will cost $250,000, is being financed through a grant received from the Fund for Public Health, the Health Department’s fund-raising arm.
The Hearing Loss Prevention Media Campaign will target teens and young adults, conducting focus-group interviews and using social-media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Once again, Bloomberg is micromanaging for “the greater good,” rather than addressing something firmly under his jurisdiction, such as crime rates, or public transit. (And, by the way, studies have shown that the New York City subway is just as damaging as an iPod--have you heard those brakes? Ouch.) Meanwhile, as Erika Johnsen noted, Bloomberg has sunk the city into a pit of financial despair, having doubled its debt in his ten-year reign. And this is what he's prioritizing...? For all New Yorkers’ pride, they sure are fine with debasing themselves by reelecting this man as their leader.
But who knows—maybe their iPods are too loud to hear his ludicrous proposals.