Learning to Listen

Podcasts instilled a listening habit for audiobooks and encouraged me to listen to articles on Instapaper. Now I can’t stop listening to voice or text altogether, piping talk-knowledge into my head.

Listening is an entirely different way of learning. We skip words when we read. But we hear every word when we listen, and mentally highlight the most memorable nuggets. Most recently, Audible enabled sound clips. You can cut out a snippet of your audiobook and share it.

Sound isn’t supposed to be bigger than video on the web. But it is supposed to be an option, just as radio is always there when you don’t have a TV.

Sound is visual’s cousin. Together, they create context. But sound is at at the essence of communication. Even in an imageless world, sound can paint pictures for the imagination.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.