a blog with cultural bulimia.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Acoustical torture.

"Holiday shopping music. Love it or hate it, at this time of year you just can't escape it.

But does playing holiday music help boost sales? Are there some mixes of songs that work better than others? Can a store play "Little Drummer Boy" one too many times?
Holiday Muzak Not Played in Stores
Having to listen to piped-in music at any time of year, he said, leaves a feeling of powerlessness. "It's rather like having your neighbor's dog barking," he said.

The only thing worse, perhaps, is when the holiday music actually consists of dogs barking." New York Times