The Listener Wins

by: Michael Purdy, Monster Contributing Writer

A crazy thing about communication in American society is the strange power of the listener. A song isn't good unless the listener says it is good; audiences determine music's success. However, it is equally true that we aren't serious listeners until we have educated our ears. If we don't critically train our listening tastes, we could be a mindless consumer of whatever the music industry pushes our way with big ad budgets and slick promotions.

Michael Purdy is the coauthor of Listening in Everyday Life.

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