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Assaulted by the iPod: The Link between Passive Listening and Violence

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Abstract:

In response to the rise in the number of MP3 players in use, and anecdotal evidence of their annoyance value, this paper examines the link between passive MP3 player listening and violence. In examining the link, it first presents the concept of a “passive listener,” then looks at the issue of control and choice, and the different levels to which these are present in controlled and passive listening. It then examines the unique elements of passive listening which make it different from many other acts of musical violence, before summarizing the effect on the passive listener. Finally, the paper suggests strategies to minimize the effects of passive listening as a form of violence, before suggesting areas for further research.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03007766.2011.539828

Publication date: February 1, 2011

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