Awakening the society from the silence
Sungmin Kang, 2000191913
COMM3210 Critical Reading and Writing
There are a number of ways to create silence and noise today is the most common way to create silence. The sound of silence connotes a meaning of our inability to communicate with one another in the midst of our own voice in which it builds barriers that separate people from others. The key for better relationship in people, community, society and the world is to challenge and fight for decentralization of power that ultimately leads to silence of the public.
In the first stanza of the song, it is showing the speaker had feelings of remoteness while he was talking to his old friend ‘darkness’ for unspecified period of time. Talking with silence, where stillness has taken place, can be defined as solitude and loneliness. The reason behind the speaker resort to solitude and loneliness is because a vision was one that gives distress on him. In this case, if vision acts as a threat that oppresses and retreats instead of progressing and moving forwards to bright future, solace has to be a shelter which needs to be in place to defend one’s loneliness and feeling of isolation. “walked alone” in the second stanza, it seems that the speaker has a dream and shows an earnest craving to escape from lethargic ennui and weariness. No one would understand his feeling until the right time comes. (Simon, 1964, par. 1, 2)
Paul (1964) said “When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light,” this line is an implication of the speaker who stands on the line between the old and emerging society to come and what neon light implies is a corruption of the old society that neon, a colorless but glows a color of orange-red when an electrical discharge runs through, can be thought as a sign of escaping from old-stereotyped custom. The society has been filled with artificiality by pursuit of modernism which people believe they are able to accomplish everything by relying only on human abilities, use science as only tool to resolve all kinds of issues, and anthropocentricism and supremacy bring inhumane effects to blind the whole society. “Ten thousand people, maybe more,” and “People talking without speaking, People hearing without listening,” these lines seem to connote a painful reality of hectic society to which people are satisfied with their current positions instead of seeking for their own characteristics. The outcome of this is that many people insist illogical facts and intelligence and they reveal their incapacity in terms of understanding and listening to others while talking. Words presented during conversation lack its meanings because many people today are hectic so that they have tendency to put more emphasis on themselves instead of focusing on others’ words where silence slowly takes possessions of human relations. The worst part of it is that there are no ones who first step up and disturb that silence which attracts...