Is Anybody Listening?

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Silence is Golden – Really?

Posted on | May 16, 2013 | No Comments

It is easy to jump to the conclusion that nobody is listening.

‘No response’ can be interpreted in a variety of ways, after all. That no one is listening is perhaps the easiest conclusion to reach but it can be far from the truth.  It depends largely on the circumstances of the listener and the media options available for providing feedback.

There is also the matter of motivation. Why should anyone want to go to the trouble of responding to what you have said publicly? Unless the listener is outraged there is possibly not sufficient motivation to make it worthwhile especially in today’s over-driven world.

There is also the fear factor. Radio broadcasts to China during the days of the Cultural Revolution  were often criticised for being a waste of time . The inference was that no one was listening, because no response came back, except for a few letters each year. That lasted for ten years! But events after 1978 told another story and 1979 saw a bumper crop of letters every month.

No response, however, may imply that you are being listened to – and observed – but without comment. People living in a climate of fear or control have learned to not give away their inner feelings and express themselves openly. Talk Radio takes a long time to get going in countries that have emerged from tight authoritarian rule. People are afraid to say what they think for fear of being cut down.

On the other hand, no response may simply mean nobody listens any more… Maybe they never did… In which case we just need to face that harsh reality and bite the bullet. The good news is that, whatever the other reasons, here is one explanation that we are fully responsible for and can do something about. Perhaps a little research can help…?

 

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