Topic for this assignment - New Year' Eve
As you might imagine, experiencing New Year's Eve during this past week was moderately difficult. In place of actually participating in New Year's events and activities, I decided to do a few different things. First, I watched Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2013. Not only did this get me in the mood and state of mind to think about New Year's (in November!), but from this I also gathered some information about how people behave, think, and feel.
Here are some of the conclusions I came to based on what I saw:
-Moving around a lot
The place is...
-Filled with flashing lights
In addition to watching New Year's Rockin' Eve, I also watched the 2012 movie, New Year's Eve.
From this movie, I gained a list of New Year's activities -
Ice skating, dinner parties, watching movies, watching TV (New Year's specials), drinking, kissing at midnight, feeling lonely, getting married, going to concerts, cooking, drunk driving, going on dates, attending parades, using party favors.
Third, I also did some research and I found an article from the New York Times (Link Here) that states that New Year's has the highest number of pedestrian deaths of the year.
As for the interviews, I talked with three people.
Ella - a seasoned, college-aged participant in New Year's activities
Lydia - A friend of a friend who I had never previously met
Kathryn - A woman with hardly any New Year's knowledge
Here are the insights I gathered with each of the three interviewees:
People want to look good on New Year's
People want to partake in the festivites
People want to get home safely
People want to feel safe on the way home
People want to have a fresh start on New Year's
Older people leave before midnight
People can feel pressure to have a good time
Some people don't get very into New Year's
Some people feel shy about using noisemakers
Taking all this information, here are some issues with New Year's:
-People need to find a way to feel safe on the way home because on New Year's there are a lot of drunk drivers and drunk people on the roads/sidewalks
The New York Times article about drunk driving and my interviews with Ella and Lydia led me to this conclusion. Ella said. "Getting home can be scary because people are stupid and don't have a designated driver and don't want to pay for a car service."
-People need to find a way to have a good time on New Year's because it allows them to have a fresh start for the coming year
I came to this second conclusion based on my research of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve and the movie New Year's Eve.