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Re: Herd mentality
In a message dated 97-06-08 02:15:39 EDT, Eric writes:
<< This should open up a long and fruitful discussion <g>.
Loudness certainly is the essence of rock music (at least it is
today). Forty years ago when rock was in its formative years, it was
considerably quieter. As it grew it became progressively louder. A lot of
the "credit" for this can be attributed to the electric guitar and its
I think the greatest factor in the increasing loudness has
been the advances in electronic technology which have made
far more powerful amplifiers available.
<< Youth quickly discovered that not only was the loudness exhilerating,
but also quite annoying to their parents and other "old folks". This is
our biggest problem in combating the loud rock syndrome. So long as youth
continues to rebel against their elders, we will have one heck of a tough
struggle ahead of us. For as the corporate elite have discovered, with
little forethought, the youth are our future.>>
The corporate elite also are successful in exploiting and
manipulating the rebellious tendencies of youth into
channels of behavior which yield profits for their enterprises.
Noise-loving youth are deceiving themselves if they think
they are conducting some sort of meaningful "rebellion" for
a noble cause. They are playing right into the hands of
the wealthiest echelon of their elders.
<< Think of the effect that all of the skeletal bones and cancer warnings
on cigarette packages is having on the youth and then you'll understand
how tough an uphill battle we'll have with the noise forum. >>
I think the anti-smoking campaign has had a substantial effect
in reducing the prevalence of tobacco consumption, but I don't
have any published data in front of me at the moment.
There is an important difference between smoking and noise
abuse. Because many places have enacted prohibitions
against smoking in public, we are reaching the point where
smokers are injuring only themselves. Not so with noise
abusers. A single boom car can inflict stress, sleep
deprivation, and aggravation on 100s of victims during a
-- Michael Wright
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