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Re: Herd mentality
In a message dated 97-06-07 15:43:58 EDT, Eric writes:
<< It's one thing to tell them to turn it off, another to turn it down.
I can forsee a trend down the distant road where the pop performers have
"toned down". This will be a direct result of our pioneering efforts
I share your hope that our efforts will be successful.
Later this summer I am scheduled to give a talk
before a group of retired University of Oklahoma faculty
who like to concern themselves with civic affairs. This
is a prestigious and potentially influential group in the
community. I hope to see them place noise pollution
high on their list of concerns.
In the meantime, have you ever heard of HEAR? That
stands for Hearing Education Awareness for Rockers.
it is a San Francisco-based group which has been around
for several years.
I obtained their literature in the early 90s. In fairness, I'll
say that maybe they've changed. At the time I was
disappointed at what I saw.
The group struck me as being mainly concerned about
the possibility of the government regulating sound levels
at rock concerts. Of course, this and other stringent
noise control efforts is exactly what we need, and they
Their strategy has been to organize their own group and
say "Hey look, we're doing something about it ! We don't
need to be regulated."
Their president, herself a rock band member, admitted to
the fact that she "thrives" on loud music even though she
is 40% hearing-impaired.
The only "solution" they offer is to "educate" about the
hazard of hearing impairment and to "suggest" that attendees
at rock concerts wear earplugs. Of course, this is a nonsense
solution, and only underscores the absurdity of the times we
live in. Real music should be a positive experience -- not a
threat to health and something to be obstructed by earplugs.
The last thing HEAR wants to do is to see rock bands
have to turn down their sound levels, for loudness is the
very essence of rock "music."
Trusting HEAR to educate about hearing loss is like trusting
the tobacco companies to educated about the hazards of
-- Michael Wright
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