Silence Of The Modern Soundscape Essay

1350 Words Oct 11th, 2016 6 Pages
When was the last time you sat in silence and reflected upon your life? I mean real silence and real reflection, not soft music in your headphones-silence and thinking about what to have for dinner-reflection. And even more than that: when was the last time you felt like you were in a space and time appropriate for silence and self-reflection? In a society where it is increasingly heard not to be overwhelmed with noise as soon as we step outside our house (and sometimes, even before that), it almost feels as if our right to silence, which should be indubitable, has been stripped away from us. Traffic, advertising, cellphones ringing, texting, tweeting, people working, always talking, always moving, always making noise. It seems nearly impossible to escape from the constant noise of the outside world. So how can we – and most importantly, why should we – bring silence back into our lives?
The importance of silence in the modern soundscape is a recurring theme in an essay by Ursula Franklin, called “Silence and the Notion of the Commons”. Franklin states in her essay that “silence [is] the enabling condition in which unprogrammed and unprogrammable events can take place. That is the silence of contemplation; it is the silence when people get in touch with themselves” (376). By observing ourselves through silence, we open up to those unprogrammed events, and thus are able to learn about ourselves and even discover new ideas. This enabling condition of silence is what allows…

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