Tussey hopes the project will be a resource “for people who may be feeling alienated or have never thought about what their fellow passengers were like.”
“They can come to this playlist or top ten chart and get a sense of what may be playing in the earbuds of the person next to them,” he said in an email.
The project was inspired by Tussey's research findings for a book about people's use of mobile media devices. "The Procrastination Economy: The Big Business of Downtime" examines the four main locations — one of which is the commute — where people pull out their phones for a few minutes of distraction.
When his original study began in late 2014, Tussey advertised on MARTA with funds from an internal grant. He received more than 200 responses about people's mobile media habits.
This time around, he’s speading the word about the project through his GSU network, speaking with leaders in the community and by using social media.
On Feb. 9, 2018, the music that's been added will provide the soundtrack to a dance performance with Storyboard P at MARTA's Five Points Station. Storyboard P, who does a kind of street dance called "flex," will discuss his work with professor Thomas F. DeFrantz of Duke University after the performance.
To add music to the playlist, send the artist, song title and your MARTA train line or bus route to either Facebook, Twitter, email or text/call 404-594-4036.
To listen, check out the playlist below.
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