Have you heard about Lukáš Kmit, the Slovakian musician whose performance was interrupted by a cellphone’s ringtone? Many hailed his response as “perfect.”
Unfortunately, the Forbes article I read misidentified the instrument as a violin instead of a viola. (A minor detail—but not to my string-playing friends.) So I went looking for another link to post on Facebook.
That’s how I came across The Telegraph’s article. It covered much of the same information as Forbes, but with an added twist: The Telegraph noted that,
“… some viewers have found the musician’s unflappable reaction suspicious, suggesting the video may be a publicity stunt for the Finnish company Nokia.”
With this newly introduced suspicion in mind, I watched the video again. And to my surprise, what had before seemed like a brilliant, witty improvisation suddenly felt a bit staged—if only because of Kmit’s long, expectant pause.
I was reminded once again of the power that news outlets have in shaping our perceptions, simply by deciding which facts to present.
I’d love to hear what you think. Was Kmit’s musical retort a perfect, professional response? Or was it part of a staged publicity stunt? Discuss amongst yourselves and then post a comment.
In the meantime, I will leave you with another Facebook gem that hadn’t made much sense to me until today. (For those who don’t read music, the red notes translate into the Nokia ringtone.) Brilliant!