As I’ve become accustom to noticing the amount of rubbish on the streets of Huddersfield, I wonder if anybody else notices it, or does anything about it? Or its even there in the first place, because there are plenty of bins around, and there are cleaners who pick up litter and drive round of path sweeping devices.
I wonder if people have come accustom to the sight? Or are too busy concentrating of where they are going that they are just oblivious too it? I started to question this more after watching a BBC Horizon episode that discussed how we make decision and what we choose to see, how the mind works in these situations.
A key part mention was a story about how a Police officer in America was chasing an offender, as because he was focused on this man, he didn’t see two other Policemen assaulting someone else. And as this is illegal, the policeman that was chasing the offender was prosecuted for obstruction of justice and imprisoned, because the jury couldn’t believe he could miss something so obvious. However resent research has proven that people do ignore what is around them when they are focused on a task.
And I think by me painting the rubbish white rubbish, in effect highlight them in contrast to the grey town surroundings, I’m testing whether if people would notice them more, if at all.