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On the psychological importance of sound to TV

Posted on June 6, 2012 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Interesting observation, today. I was on one of my regular commutes. I had my iPad with me, ready for me to watch the second episode of Sebastian Bergman, when I realised I'd left my headphones at home. How could I possibly watch it now? The noise would annoy everyone else.

So I didn't watch anything at all and read a book instead.

It was only on the way home this evening that I realised that Sebastian Bergman, being a subtitled drama, possibly didn't need sound. I could mute the iPad and still watch the show.


And yet I didn't. Now this could be for several reasons:

  1. I'm stupid
  2. There's a sort of ritual there that I didn't want to break
  3. Sound, even if it's not dialogue, is still important to full the appreciation of TV drama.

Which do you think it is (I'm expecting a lot of '1's here) and if you were in my position, would you have watched Bergman with the sound muted or waited until you were at home?

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