1. Hearing, to my understanding, is unreceptive while listening, on the other hand, is voluntary. As a matter of fact, we do make choices about what we listen to, which is also known as active listening. It is also an attribute of a good communicator/listener.

2. Schafer primarily refers to sound as noise pollution, and he believes that the keynote of sounds is influenced by nature/climate such as water, wind, birds, and forest. Furthermore, he stresses that noise pollution is caused by people not paying attention, and it is the sound we choose to ignore. Krukowski points out that we orient ourselves by listening to the sounds around us. According to him, earbuds allow people to privatize their personal space in public. Krukowski also discusses the evolution of concert halls throughout history, and how they accommodated halls to absorb unwanted sound for a better listening experience.

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-As we make the observation hearing is from a background noise which don’t have anything proportional with what you are willing to hear. However, listening is from own will. Listening is the desire of paying attention to someone or something in the goal of gathering an information from it. We can state two differences example on hearing and listening. For example, a car honking at another car across the street is a hearing noise, while I am a listener of the train driver statement about the train retardment. 

Yes we do have choice of listening to what we want. Listening is proper to us. We decide to listen to what we want by paying attention to what’s being said. Listening is translated by self will. The fact of giving an importance to a sound around us means that we are listening to it which conclude that we are using our hearing senses. In some cultures for example, listening is also measured by body language. In the kingdom of mandingue listening to someone without looking at the person and replying by some sounds is considered to be just a hearing. The interlocutor is waiting for some clues letting him know that his audience is paying attention to what he is saying.Many things can affect human being sense of listening. Let’s enumerate few of them such as ( lack of condensation, habit of being in constant echo places, lack of confidence etc..).

Schafer and Krukowski both tried their best to set a relation between sound and space. However, I think they perceived that space is the sound maker as its users constantly emit some echos. 

Blog post #5

  1. While hearing and listening seem to have the same purposes using both ears, although are different significantly. On the one hand, hearing is one of the five senses ,while listening is a choice to hear and analyze what you hear. Listening plays an important role in understanding and making decisions. A good listener will not only hear carefully what is been said ,but also what is not said. Therefore, effective listening involves the mind and the eyes,meaning that paying attention to what others say and put back our thoughts making us understand and making us choose more wisely. Sometimes though there are physical distractions such as external noises, cell phones ringing, other people conversations ,honking cars ,personal concerns as pain or even lack of interest  and boredom, that can affect our listening experiences.
  2. According to Schafer and Krukowski there is a relationship between sound and space. For Schafer , sound comes from the environment that surrounds us. Krukowski talks about the importance of a place, as concert hall, is usually remembered by the sounds-songs are played. He also mentions that while people wear headphones to isolate themselves from external noises, they are still in their own space. Moreover,both of them think that more the technology gets involved  ,the less skills we develop.


Prompt for Blog Post #5

  1. What do you take the differences between “hearing” and “listening” to be? Do we make choices about what we listen to? If so, how do we make these choices? What criteria do we use? Do structural features, such as race, gender, or social class, inform how we listen? How so? Are there other structural elements that affect our listening experiences?
  2. How do Schafer and Krukowski discuss the relationship between sound and space?