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Muzak to my Ears

Muzak to my Ears

Canned Music & Class Struggle; Public space and muzak as policing

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"Muzak... the equivalent of Chinese water torture... for forty hours per week... horrible." (former shop-worker).

Originally piped into workplaces to improve productivity, muzak has now invaded public space like a cancer everywhere, from lifts to shops, transport, toilets, telephones... Used in shops to create an atmosphere that makes what is on sale more saleable and appealing, Muzak is a commodity that, by being consumed, encourages you to buy other commodities; neatly illustrating the old situationist slogan "culture - the commodity that sells all the others". From drumming more productivity from workers in World War 2, through bamboozling shoppers into spending more, to modern developments in music and sound as social control; Muzak to My Ears recounts a brief history of muzak and analyses its role in our continuing alienation.

 

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