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We keep you informed about trends, news and reviews related to music. This site provides information about stores, businesses and public services which use piped music (pollution of the ears) in the areas occupied by their customers. We encourage you to complain about this abuse. There is also a directory of restaurants, bars, pubs and hotels that do not use the horror that is muzak, and you are urged to add any extra names to this listing. There is an associated part on the dumbing down of UK culture - the link to the ongoing use of muzak is clear and needs no explanation.

Daily life has never been more noisy. It has become very allowable for one person with a radio or a car speaker to intrude upon the peace and quiet of others. And it has now turned into something "cool" to play muzak in a reception, a train, or a taxi. Muzak is now commonly played onto streets in cities big and small, beaches and parks in European countries, and is discovered in hotels, bars, restaurants, doctor and hospital waiting areas, and on NHS hospital wards.

Neo-liberal ideology is probably partly to blame for this alteration in society and personal relationships because it’s based on the belief in individual utility-maximization which leads to an explosion of unrestrained egoism. So is consumer-capitalism and the “entertainment” skew of the media.



We show many opinions on this website, often ones we don’t agree with – for example, many people are against the playing of piped music in public places. The discussions are part of an argument that is followed through over the course of the next pages on this site. The sections on this page should be read as descriptions, brief glimpses of selected elements of culture illustrating the fact of cultural shifts and a perceived breakdown of culture but setting up few claims about the cause. This issue is left to the end of this page and to the discussions on the pages that follow.

The idea of dumbing down can lead to a number of different things. For example, it could mean television shows that avoid any intellectual challenge to one's audience (a classical music radio station that only plays individual movements, no contemporary music, no or little vocal music, etc.).  It is a term that is also generally used to criticise endeavours to reach a broader audience through some sort of presentation gimmicks (lasers to go with classical music, blended pop/classical shows such as the tenors, Andrea Bocelli, etc.)

The idea always entails a claim about the making easy of culture, education, and idealogy, a downfall in creativity and imagination, an inability to establish apt artistic, cultural, and academic standards, or even to keep up the legitimacy of the idea of a standard, and the trivialisation of cultural, artistic, and intellectual products.