Part 1: Am I listening?
It is very important that one should know whom to listen and whom to ignore. The most important people that one should listen are parents as they advise and guide in the right direction and always want their children’s well being. It is important that one should listen to their elders who are other than parents like grandparents, elder siblings and other members of the family and sometimes even friends, but it’s not always that they are heard. It is obvious for most of the people that they do not listen at all to their younger siblings and individuals younger than a generation while they have some good advice sometimes. The most common reason is that one considers them less experienced and immature which is not always right.
On the contrary, it is obvious that the things said by outsiders, strangers or people who are not important are taken seriously. This might include a comment or compliment or anything in general, their opinion actually does not matter but still one tend to listen to that and it is common to take their spoken things seriously. The outsiders have no concern to our personal lives and hence have no say in it yet mostly they affect it and this should be changed and one should not listen to the people who are not directly concerned. The important reasons behind these preferences are the effect people have in the life of person concerned. This is a known fact that parents are the most important in most people in life and thus one should always listen to them.
Parents are more deeply connected with us rather than any other family member or relative and thus there is a tendency that we are not much concern with what they say although it is not always right as they also want our well being, though we do not listen to them but it would be nice if we listen. Another very common occurrence is not listening to the people younger than us because of obvious understanding that they are less mature than us and thus unable to give good advice. This might not be right always and it should be gauged based on the situation. It is found that we are affected most by things said by people who do not matter at all. There is a tendency to take people who are concerned granted, and give importance to the ones who are outsiders or are least bothered about us.
Part 2: Critical listening
The two channels broadcasted five stories which were common to both and had a strong political undertone. The first story was about Obama’s re – election and its coverage, the second story include the various promises made by the Obama government for the next tenure. The third news was about a local accident which killed 2 people and the fourth one included detailed score and highlights of the latest basketball match. The fifth news mentioned the weather report and has forecasted about stormy snowy climate for the coming days in United States. The two channels aired the same five news items but there were differences in the content. The first channel gave more time and emphasis to the first two political news items while the second channel paid equal attention to all the new items.
The first channel seemed to be a tad more appreciative of the campaign by Obama and his future goals while the second one seemed to take it with a bit of humor and thus gave an opinion that it might have used a mocking language which is because of the likelihood of their support to the opposition. The sports and climate news were given equal importance by both the channels. The second channel however, made much more hue and cry over the death of the two people in the local accident because it was due to the ignorance of maintaining the structures where they died because of breaking a staircase of an old building. The content was covered fine about the five news aired on the two channels but first channel was more informative while the second channel seems to dramatize and exaggerate the information.
Part 3: Listening appreciation
Interpersonal listening was a lot different than the kind of listening observed in this website as it had more concentrated listening activities. Listening to nature to figure out the activities of birds, rustling of leaves and flowing of river was very different than listening to peers or parents. It also had a blind man who used listening skills to get around and thus had much important task to do than just share conversation with someone. Another activity observed on this website was listening to make music which also requires a keen interest and deep knowledge of the kind of sounds different instruments or things made.
The fourth kind of listening analyzed on the website was listening to solve problems of the vehicles as was done by a professional as an auto mechanic which can judge the condition of the vehicle by the sound they make. The fifth kind of listening analyzed on this website was listening to process sound which also requires much attention and keen interest to understand the sounds. This was done by making use of an instrument which require to have a gadget stuck by the ear which can record the sounds processed by the brain and as they appear to the human understanding. These all types of listening processes were more constructive and much more concentrating than interpersonal listening and are performed by skilled professionals.
Listening guides: Skilled listeners share their secrets, 2013, http://www.exploratorium.edu/listen/lg_intro.php