In Franklin's essay, what is a contemporary example of the "elimination of silence" that fits her discussion of silence as a right whose elimination is manipulative? Ursula Franklin, "Silence and the Notion of the Commons."
How can one get away from the dangers of even the gentle presence of programmed music, in public buildings? There are two aspects that I want to stress. One is that the elimination of silence is done without anybody's consent. The second is that one really has to stop, think and analyze to see how manipulative these interventions are. In any case, who on earth has given anybody the right to manipulate the sound environment? (Ursula Franklin, "Silence and the Notion of the Commons")
A more contemporary example of a situation where silence has been manipulatively eliminated is on the Internet. There are many sites that have audible music or advertisements programmed into their code that begins instantly to play as soon as the site is opened. Some play what may be considered classically pleasing, such as Cartier.com, while others play what may be...
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