I totally agree with the sentiments in thsi post even though I have less than zero interest in sport. The way that so many corporate gumbies insist upon filling every possible second with noise helps feed the stimulus addiction of the masses who could well benefit from some time to appreciate the joys of quiet contemplation and conversations that don’t need to be shouted above the roar of the greasepaint.
If our neighbours played their music too loud, so loud that we couldn’t have a peaceful conversation in our house, I would ask them to turn it down. And if they refused I might call the police and I would expect them to attend and ask the neighbours not to be so anti-social.
So when I was at the football yesterday and the music and commercials and crass announcements from the public address system were absolutely deafening I had no hesitation in texting the number provided on the scoreboard to “report anti-social behaviour.” This is what I wrote:
Please stop the people near me in the Ponsford Stand who are playing music so loud that I can’t hear myself think…no, hang on it’s the MCG public address system! Tell me, why is this anti-social behaviour tolerated? Why can’t I hear instead the noise of my fellow football supporters? Please reply…
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If you want silence at a footy match, Iain, just go to a Gold Coast home game.
Err no thank you Ray.
Its not silence that I seek, rather I think the instance of so may in charge of public spaces and events that every second of the day be awash with a musical accompaniment so loud that you struggle to compete with it. I don’t know about you but for me loud music is a pain because my hearing is pretty crappy after many years of riding loud motorcycles.
Iain, your State now has two AFL teams and you should get into it. Next week is the perfect opportunity with Brisbane playing Gold Coast at the Gabba.