Turn Down the Rock Music by Seth Shostak
by Seth Shostak
Is loud music the new smog? Have woofers and tweeters replaced tailpipes as the irritant de jour, spewing clouds of nasty noise into once-tranquil environments?
The press seems to think so. Recently, several reporters and columnists have described the difficulty of engaging in civilized conversation while dining at their local eateries. Trendy restaurants now seem to value high-decibel background music over customer repartee. A desirable ambience is no longer defined by low lighting, appealing décor, or deferential waiters. Sound pressure levels are everything.
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