The Future will Be Quiet

The Atlantic muses on an unexpected and welcome benefit of progress, and one which can’t come soon enough for me — “The Future will Be Quiet”.

I’d suggest that coffee shop chains could benefit from leading the way in this, declaring that they will chop noise levels by half at busy times, and try to get their space back toward more reasonable ambient levels of noise. Turn down the music, install much quieter coffee-making and blending machines, fit rubber heels on scraping chairs, tell staff not to clatter plates and cutlery, and stop the bl**dy tables from wobbling while you’re at it.