Interesting To Me and Only Me

Something fascinating to me popped into my head during an instance earlier tonight.

Audience Sound

Everyone knows what hissing I mean. And everyone knows that it only sounds like a crazed, cheering crowd to the person actually making the noise. That’s not the interesting part, though.

The slightly interesting part is that if we hear someone else hissing like that, we know what it means.

The more interesting part is that we know everything I’ve just said, and yet no one, anywhere, has discussed it.

Here we have an example of information that is never discussed – occasionally, someone might say, “What are you doing?” at which point you stop making the noise. But there has never, not even in Britain, where people discuss random crap all the time, been a conversation like this:

“<cheering noise>”

“What are you doing?”

“Oh, you know, the sound a cheering crowd makes.”

“Oh, this? <cheering noise>”

“Yeah, that! It sounds different when you do it.”

“Indeed. It must have to do with the acoustics of the mouth or something.”

“Sure. At least now, if I hear someone making that noise, I know what it means, and I know what it sounds like when someone else makes that noise.”

If you have had that conversation, I congratulate you, because your life is at least as boring as mine.

But for the vast majority of us, there has been no discussion of the crowd sound. There is only context, there is only the ability for empathy, and there is only the fear of embarassment that keeps people from having broad discussions on the subject. Here, we have communication without communication.

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1 Response to “Interesting To Me and Only Me”


  1. 1 Lanuria September 3, 2009 at 4:24 AM

    Lan’s still beating Varendil.

    *The crowd goes wild!*


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