Sunday, March 2, 2014

International Listening Awareness Month just doesn’t mean what it used to

On Alltop Speaking I saw a headline for a blog post by Lou Hampton from 2013 about how March is International Listening Awareness Month. (The International Listening Association cooked it up for marketing their annual convention at the end of the month).

So, we’d expect to find articles about how we should learn to listen better. Lisa B. Marshall had one on How to Improve Listening Skills, and Lou Hampton had one on perceiving that You’re Not Listening to Me!

In the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s revelations about what the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) have been doing, we now would think about being aware that an unwanted outsider might be electronically listening in on our communication.

The woman with radio headphones was adapted from this old Library of Congress image.

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