Quiet-List 1997

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Re: Sound (music?) as a behaviour modifier

On Tue, 2 Sep 1997 13:04:28 -0400 (EDT), 
Albtor@aol.com  <Albtor@aol.com> wrote:

>David:  I agree that noise is "unwanted sound."  However, when it comes to
>extremely loud sounds, e.g. music at discos or through headsets, even if you
>enjoy the sound, your hearing may be adversely impacted. Arline Bronzaft

Yes, indeed.  When noise is so loud as to cause hearing loss, I 
don't think any reasonable case could be made for that being "good".  
The discussion on the acoustic ecology list was focused on whether a 
somewhat distant low buzzing noise was "bad" sound.  I believe a 
source was a sawmill. In this case I don't think the potential hearing 
loss argument would apply.  While we should certainly use this 
powerful weapon wherever possible, I think we also need something that 
applies at lower decibel levels.  The idea of a "Right to Quiet" works 
for me.

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