When American Jonathan Dunne began handing out badges encouraging travellers on the London Underground to talk to each other, he had no idea how controversial challenging the unwritten 'no conversation' rule would be. Just as in many big cities, refusing to make eye contact, let alone exchange chit-chat with fellow travellers, is considered sacrosanct, the result largely of a desire to avoid potential weirdos.
Came across what looks like is going to be an excellent set of short films based on the London Underground. In TUBE TUBE can listen in on Londoners travelling by Tube as they discuss love, work and life in London.To kick things off ...
Jonathan Dunne, originally from Colorado, has been handing out hundreds of Tube Chat badges to London Underground commuters to get them talking. Their response: shut up and get lost.
Jonathan Dunne launched "Tube Chat?" campaign to get silent commuters talking, and he has, but they're not saying much nice