The gym I go to plays music over the store-wide speaker system. It annoys me when some jerk plays his music on his phone so loud you cannot hear the gym’s standard music. What makes that idiot think we all want to listen to his crap? Use headphones if you want to listen to your own music.
@cengland0 I mostly agree with you, but when I used to go to the gym, I didn’t like listening to their music played over their shitty sound system either. I do favor the headphones approach. And I suppose it’s okay if the location plays something at an easily drowned out level. I’d be happiest with nothing being forced on me.
@cengland0 Speaking of which, fuck all of these fuckers—oil change places are the absolute worst, but, hell, even the dentist does it—who subject us to the blaring noise of too often it’s the fucking dingleshits at Fox.
@cengland0@joelmw my dentist has those cool TV monitor things above the exam chairs, so you can watch basic cable while getting a root canal. Ever since the 2016 presidential election, his office has instituted a very strict HGTV and Food Network only policy. Honestly, that was a smart move, not just because those channels are completely apolitical, but because when you see a dog walker shopping for a million dollar house with an ocean view, spending $1400 on a crown doesn’t seem so bad.
@bobell my favorite! (or just getting depressed seeing how in a few parts of the country a person could potentially save up for a reasonable little house and boston is most assuredly not one of those places.)
@bobell@jerk_nugget There used to be a gardening show on HGTV (the G in HGTV was for garden) called Home Sweet Home. It was hosted by a distinguished looking older lady. As my wife was watching it one day, I noticed that when the host leaned forward to work on a garden plot, her show logo sweatshirt that said
HOME SWEET HOME
across her matronly bosom now said
ME SWEET HO.
We had a good chuckle over that.
Generally, I’m not terribly interested in having my audio experience corrupted by second or third parties. If I want additional accompaniment, I have a variety of options for that. Mostly, I want to hear what the world sounds like without interference. It makes it easier to replicate when I have to for films and whatnot. I’m pretty much the same way about all artificial sound sources, too, no matter who put them there or why.
That said, as long as people aren’t turning the volume up loud enough to propagate much beyond their own space, I don’t mind if they bring a speaker or something along. If they’re interfering with other people, that’s an issue, but if they’re being responsible and respectful about it, I’m happy for them to be happy.
Maybe. Who is the speaker, and were they scheduled to speak? Are people there to hear the speaker speak? Did they pay for a ticket? If so, bringing a speaker seems like the right and proper thing to do.
I work at a university, and about eight years ago, we had a student who would walk around campus every day with a Bluetooth speaker in his backpack, turned up to maximum volume. His audio bukkake was generating so many complaints from students, faculty, and staff, that the administration had to get involved - and this is a university with 16,000 students.
Some people just crave attention.
@bobell yup! like the people who drive through quiet neighborhoods for no reason blaring music, and also turn it up even louder if they’re stopped next to someone at a light or in traffic. they’re just dying for someone to even glance at them. once had a roommate who literally did everything at top volume because they were just desperate to get a reaction out of people or have someone to talk to.
recently i was in traffic with one such person, who thought they were SO COOL in their loud modded car and blasting their loud super raunchy and not even good music on shitty speakers. all the windows down, sunroof open, eager to see who would look at him. it was then that, among his choice of song, a very loud, very deep voiced man announced “SABRA HUMMUS–”
never seen someone turn the stereo off so fast and look like such a fool. it was hilarious. you think you’re all that but you can’t even pay for the premium spotify? okay cool guy, have a nice day…
@jerk_nugget the most enjoyable thing for me - I mean absolutely delicious - is when someone is driving a real turdbox of a car and loads it up with expensive audio equipment… but the car itself isn’t structurally sound, and the speakers nearly rattle the panels off the frame.
i personally don’t like it, because i’m sensitive to noise and a lot of competing noise makes it hard for me to do anything. plus, it usually sounds so shitty. BUT i’m not against it either and would never ask/tell someone to stop using one or vote in favor of any type of ordinance that banned them or anything.
however, there is definitely a time and a place imho. like basically any place i can leave if i don’t like it is fine. i was at the laundromat yesterday and some grown man was blasting music on his phone. like…put some earbuds in or go outside or something. (plus this place already plays loud music, and has tvs on to a couple different stations, and has arcade games that make noise too.) on the flipside, sometimes there are little kids there watching something on a tablet or phone - and do i wish they were wearing headphones? yes, absolutely. but do i also understand having to take your kid with you to the laundromat for hours on end isn’t anyone’s dream come true, and thus i totally understand we all would rather listen to an annoying cartoon or repetitive sound effects than a kid screaming? also yes.
Like nuggie above, I think I’m sensitive to loud noises and loud volumes. I just find this so horrible when someone actually thinks it’s not rude or doesn’t care and is playing something others can hear. What do you think, you’re giving us a treat?? Hardly. I can’t even imagine the mindset that goes into a brain doing this. Taught zero manners from the get go obviously. Who think that just because you like hearing something others will too? Oh my gosh I need to stop because this is one of my biggest pet peeves ever. Ever. Arghhhh!!!