Description - Manifesto for Silence by Professor Stuart Sim
This book makes an urgent demand for silence. The ability to think, to reflect, and to create are all highly dependent on regular access to silence. Yet in today's noisy, 24/7 society silence and quiet are under threat. And the business world only makes this worse with cynical marketing strategies abusing the power of noise: ever-diminishing oases of calm are hard to find. Stuart Sim argues that we need more, not less, silence. He explains why silence matters, where it matters - in our environment, in religion, philosophy, the arts, literature and science - and why the human race will suffer if we do not make space for it. The confrontation between the politics of noise and the politics of silence affects all of us profoundly: we cannot stay neutral on this issue. Key Features: *From noisy neighbours to ASBOs and MTV via the forest and the local library: noise versus silence is one of the main cultural conflicts of our time. *Provides a new and provocative take on the marketing strategies of the business world. *Demonstrates why and where silence matters in our lives, and why we should protect it. *Written by a hugely experienced author, Manifesto for Silence is a pleasure to read.
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(216mm x 156mm x 22mm)
Edinburgh University Press
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Author Biography - Professor Stuart Sim
Stuart Sim is Professor of Critical Theory at the University of Sunderland. His most recent books are Empires of Belief: Why We Need More Scepticism and Doubt in the Twenty-First Century (Edinburgh University Press, 2006), Fundamentalist World: The New Dark Age of Dogma (Icon Books, 2004); andThe Routledge Companion to Postmodernism (2nd edition, ed., Routledge, 2005).