Sunday, February 24, 2013

Response to "Listening In"

CC Fernando Candeias


Great historical examination and progression of the radio in America!

However, the article was written from an extremely ableist viewpoint. Perhaps it is because I am taking a  disability culture course that makes me hyper aware of non-disabled norms in our culture, but this article excludes a large subset of people: the deaf. The article suggests that there is only one way to listen, and that is with your ears. However, there are many other ways to listen, such as through body language. The article also stated that the radio forged stronger relationships with the so called "imagined community." Does this mean that deaf people don't have quite as strong relationships with their nation and community because of their inability to hear? Of course not. While deaf people also belong to another community that many of us are not a part of (the deaf or hard-of-hearing community), we should not exclude them from their region or nation. One can counter this argument that the effect of the radio on hearing people have non-directly affected deaf people. For example, after several years of the radio changing culture, deaf people are born and live in this new culture, and are therefore a part of this new way of living without actually being the ones to contribute to the change.

It would also be interesting to read a cross-cultural historical examination of the radio in different countries. When I studied abroad in Brazil, my host father listened to the radio every single night (though he was admittingly much older). Nonetheless, I wonder if the radio had the same effect in Brazil, or other countries, as it has in America.

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