Moving Faster than the Speed of Sound

How it is possible to get it wrong so much more often now?   How many of you are stuck this day/eve with a “I can’t believe they got it wrong again!” regarding your intention on something you’ve just written in a text, an email message, an Instagram, Twitter, FB, or blog post?

We have SO MANY ways to communicate now and in a nanosecond it’s all there for your “feed” group or your one addressee to see/read.  And yes, you can usually take it back and either fully delete or edit (if you put up the thought or media in the first place in a public social media site as opposed to an email sent), but aside from that, how many times are you simply taken out of context?

As for me, it happens often enough that I tend to write a LOT of exposition to be sure the reader “gets my drift” and has no question of my intent.  But I’m finding that rarely solves the problem.  Why?  We’ve become a society of non-readers in all of these extra verbiage and media apps at our disposal.  We don’t want to sit and take the time to read something beyond a 140-character  tweet, so seeing an email post that has 140 words???  People go running for the hills.  Well, that term is dead.  They simply click “next” and off they are into another line of thinking.

Some of you, like me, like to read which is why you’re still here on this page and I thank you for that. The idea I’d like to get across here is that though we have words and audiovisual media at our fingertips every second of the day that we can blast out to the stratosphere at a moment’s notice, remember to stop and take in the messages that others are sending to you.  Read every word, take a sip of your beverage, ponder, then respond.  You’ll be better for it and your writer will be appreciated and understood.

We are a culture that is moving faster than the speed of sound at this point and it will take its toll, believe me, if you don’t slow down now and breathe…



About danaj33

I have been teaching in the Broadcast Electronic Media Art department at City College of San Francisco since 2001. I started teaching full-time in 2009 and am tenured. My career as an audio engineer spans 32-years since the first day I began to record and mix songs on my Tascam PortaStudio (cassette 4-track) in the early 80's while attending college at UC Berkeley. I formed a couple of bands and sang lead (sometimes playing rhythm guitar) until 1988 when I discovered that the "behind-the-scenes" tech realm was much more to my liking. I love how an audio engineer controls the ENTIRE sound mix, and not just one's own instrument. I then began a career as a live sound engineer in earnest and have toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe as front-of-house sound engineer for a multitude of bands on various record labels (most notably "Medicine" on American Recordings) and have been a staff engineer at the venerable Bottom of the Hill nightclub since their inception in 1991 leaving a regular shift there in 2010 due to the teaching schedule. The club and its staff are like family. I owned and operated a live sound production company since 1989 (ending officially in 2017) called dcj Productions that has provided sound to the Bay Area community (mostly in the non-profit sector) in both large outdoor sound events as well as nightclubs and music halls. In 1991, I started recording bands on an 8-track Tascam TSR-8 analog tape recorder and moved into the digital realm in 1993 to 16-tracks of Alesis ADAT connected to a Soundcraft Ghost console in my home studio. In 1995, I advanced to Pro Tools and have been recording exclusively digital ever since, combining audio skills in sound for film as a location recordist as well as an engineer in post-production sound design and mixing. I remained "strictly analog" in my live sound mixing until just this past year (2012). Now that one can obtain a decent, live sound digital mixer at an affordable price, it was high time to check out digital for live. I now have a Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 to work on with my students to give them much needed hands-on experience with a digital console. I co-owned and ran APG Records & APG Studios, an SF record label and recording studio, from 1999 - 2004 which had a distribution deal through EMI. The company folded in 2004. I continue to record music and engineer live performances at many Bay Area venues in addition to full-time teaching at CCSF. In 2001, I was hired to the part-time faculty at City College of San Francisco in the Broadcast Electronics Media Arts department where I have taught many of the classes including Digital Media Skills (BCST119), Basic Audio Production (BCST120), Digital Audio Production (BCST124), Sound Recording Studio (BCST125), Sound For Visual Media (BCST126), Advanced Sound Recording (BCST127), Sound Reinforcement (BCST128), Audio for the Web (BCST135), Video for the Web (BCST136), and Field Video Production (BCST141). I have also taught classes in sound design, audio for animation and games, music video, and computer applications at Art Institute of California-San Francisco, Globe Recording Institute, and Laney College in Oakland, CA. Outside Affiliations: - Co-Director of SoundGirls - current member of Audio Engineering Society and on the SF Chapter Planning Committee - past Vice President and Interim President Board of Directors - Bay Area Girls Rock Camp - past volunteer/contributor to Women's Audio Mission - past member Bay Area Women in Media and Film - past Board of Directors for Camp Reel Stories
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