Civilizing the Economy A New Economics of Provision

The Politics of Voice vs. The Politics of Noise

Posted May 24, 2011 by Marvin Brown in Uncategorized, No Comments

Can you tell the difference between the sound of a voice and the sound of noise?

A voice has something to say and noise does not.

A voice elicits a response and noise triggers a reaction.


Different voices can enhance learning and create collective knowledge

Different noises enhance chaos and baffle thought


Voice exposes the violation of human rights and expresses human dignity

Noise imposes abstractions and drowns out actual human experiences


A voice evokes a vocation

Noise creates static


To acquire one’s voice is a major human achievement

To make a lot of noise is a human failure


The Arab Spring voiced the human spirit

All of us now face the politics of noise.

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Marvin T. Brown, Ph.D teaches business and organizational ethics at the University of San Francisco and Saybrook University in San Francisco.

This book is the culmination of 30 years of teaching and writing on business and society from a communicative perspective. Visit for more information.

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