Assignment: Listen to the Quiet
January 25, 2012 § Leave a comment
I get the irony. I, your social media professor who has loaded you with assignments to start blogs, start tweeting, get LinkedIn and say yes to Google+, am telling you that there are times when you should turn it all off. (You still have to do the assignments.)
In this world of constant interruptions and constant noise, sometimes — to quote my mom — we can’t hear ourselves think. It’s a theme Pico Iyerwrites about beautifully in this New York Times essay.
I know college students also feel those demands of classes, studying, friends, family, jobs, activities.
I find quiet time in walking my dog. I bring my phone when I’m walking in the dark, but it’s only for emergencies. I walk and think and probably talk to myself. I like being away from everything if even only for that half-hour to 40 minutes.
I also appreciate those times when I have been in the Dominican Republic and Africa, mostly cut off from TV, phones and the Internet. Not completely. But I loved sitting in the rocking chairs that lined the lovely veranda at ILAC in Santiago, Domincan Republic.
For your assignment for Monday, read Iyer’s essay and write a post about how you control the noise. Is it worse than it used to be?