Nikita Gale, SOME WEATHER (Blizzard), 2021
We’ve been locked inside for much of this year. Has your typical day changed and if so, how?
I used to travel a lot for work so I’m now much more rooted to my southeast London postcode. I spend much more time outside than I ever did before. Just prior to Covid-19, a feisty little dog named Missy joined our family as my 40th birthday present. These days, I spend a lot of time on early morning walks with Missy, rain or shine. It surprises me how unresentful I am of that fact, given that I never particularly considered myself remotely outdoorsy.
"Listening Publics: The Politics and Experience of Listening in the Media Age", by Kate Lacey, 2014
In focusing on the practices, politics and ethics of listening, this wide-ranging book offers an important new perspective on questions of media audiences, publics and citizenship. Listening is central to modern communication, politics and experience, but is commonly overlooked and underestimated in a culture fascinated by the spectacle and the politics of voice.
Listening Publics restores listening to media history and to theories of the public sphere. In so doing it opens up profound questions for our understanding of mediated experience, public participation and civic engagement.
Taking a cross-national and interdisciplinary approach, the book explores how listening publics have been constituted in relation to successive media technologies from the invention of writing to the digital age. It asks how new practices of listening associated with sound and audiovisual media transform a public world forged in the age of print.
Through detailed histories and sophisticated theoretical analysis, Listening Publics demonstrates the embodied and critical activity of listening to be a rich concept with which to rethink the practices, politics and ethics of media communication.
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