I've been surrounded by creative types for years, so I pretty much forgot how differently we process information from our 'left brain' counterparts. (Left brain traits: logic, fact & detail oriented, linear thinking. Right brain traits: feeling, 'big picture' oriented, conceptual thinking).
Some negative comments with similar themes exposed areas of disconnect with my 3-Way Street video. Here's a few examples:
From a factual perspective, the video must be presented as time lapse over a measured period to accurately count numbers of infractions and by whom. This would be the ideal, except it makes for boring video given a 3-minute opportunity to make a connection.
This is New York, and you are wimp, so go back to where you came from. Yes, crazy traffic can be expected in big cities, but I believe the NYC 'bikelash' is due to people clinging to old habits. To move forward we have to make adjustments to what worked until now.
The facts show that fatality rates are low in NYC. Only 4 people are killed or injured a day in a city of 8.5 million, so what's the problem? I don't think the facts tell the whole story and they mask a quality of life problem. I also don't believe collateral damage is okay, here or abroad.
We are not automatons. I agree and don't want a police state, either. The solution is a mind-set change. People need to believe it is not socially acceptable to impede others, just so they can go first. This applies to pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. Right now a large segment of the population thinks it's cool to just plow ahead, regardless of impact on the street grid.
The comments made me think about politics and political parties and the different ways we perceive the same situations. It's no wonder the country is polarized: our brains are actually wired to process information, and propose solutions, differently. It's time we realized this, and let others express opinions without attacking them. I was insulted for being a 'visual artist' (quotes added by the hater), as if a 'visual artist' is someone unworthy of respect, a right-brainer not worthy of an opinion in a left-brain-dominated world.
We have a national inability to communicate without screaming. Where did this come from? I don't think from our parents. I suspect it comes from our politicians who gain power by beating down competitors to feed a base increasingly trained to think only in black and white.
But our problems are shades of gray, and our brains work differently. That's okay. Problem solving involves collaboration, different viewpoints, and conversations that do not devolve into venom.
Update: See 3-Way Street Part of New Approach to Driver's Ed 11/19/2011