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Session: Spaces For Reflection, Discussion, Peace And Quiet
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"The goal of recorded music in cafes is to reach a drug-like pleasure of non-existence"
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The goal of recorded music in cafes is to reach a drug-like pleasure of non-existence

Recorded music is everywhere, in restaurants and stores and elevators, and it is almost impossible to escape it. The goal of its numbing repetitive rhythms are a harmonization of humanity on the lowest possible level, the mild drug-like pleasure of non-existence. It is used to manipulate states of mind, to exercise control, to stimulate desire. It is employed as a tool to distract people from the actual situation they are in.


 

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"Forced listening attacks the mind’s integrity"
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Forced listening attacks the mind’s integrity

Forced listening attacks the mind’s integrity with a new directness, pushing more deeply, though no more painfully, into the minds of the unwilling than was possible with our ancestors’ homely ways of censorship and suppression.
I tremble for the sanity of a society that talks of the precious integrity of the individual mind while forcing it to spend a good part of every day under bombardment with whatever some crowd of promoters want to throw it it.

 

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Addresses the root issue
Flawed, one-sided, or superficial
 
How to Explore a Perspective
Relax, focus. Take a step back and look at the Perspective from all sides. Now, zero in at the center!
 
What is the Bias?
What assumptions does it make? Whose interests does it serve?

What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
Opinion added by
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on October 15, 2017
 
This is the opinion of Charles Black
 
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Text: My experience trying to work in cafes
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My experience trying to work in cafes

I sit at my table in a café peacefully, watching faces as people walk past the window. Suddenly the music is turned up. It is uplifting, hypnotic music. It wants me to be happy. But it claws into my mind.
Recorded music is everywhere, in restaurants and stores and elevators, and it is almost impossible to escape it. The goal of its numbing repetitive rhythms are a harmonization of humanity on the lowest possible level, the mild drug-like pleasure of non-existence. It is used to manipulate states of mind, to exercise control, to stimulate desire. It is employed as a tool to distract people from the actual situation they are in.
Music feels good. It stimulates and inspires, but what parts of the brain does it enlarge? Does it reach celestial harmonies? Or does it inflame the libido, or the ego? If it unites people, it does so on the basis of shared pleasure and fantasy. It is most often employed as a tool to distract people from the real world they are in; and it makes understanding based on face to face communication almost impossible.
Targeted and marketed, planned and canned, recorded music
Almost all recorded music is supported and distributed by corporations, which do not judge according to humanitarian standards but by the profit motive.
Think about the extent of self-concern. Most songs, like most people, are self-reflective, self-conscious, concerned about pleasure, happiness, joy, or one’s own feeling of sadness, hurt, loss.
The music’s rhythm drowns out the true rhythm. It smothers and overwhelms the inside truth, enveloping it with desired conditions. It makes deep reflection and serious conversation almost impossible.


My experience trying to work in cafes (by Geoff Bederson)


 
 
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