Britain Uses Classical Music For Social Control

Authorities across Britain are introducing classical music in public places — not for citizens’ enjoyment, but as a social control device. The concept harkens back to scenes in A Clockwork Orange. From Reason:

In recent years Britain has become the Willy Wonka of social control, churning out increasingly creepy, bizarre, and fantastic methods for policing the populace.

Across the UK, local councils and other public institutions now play recorded classical music through speakers at bus-stops, in parking lots, outside department stores, and elsewhere…as a deterrent against bad behavior.

Tyne and Wear in the north of England was one of the first parts of the UK to weaponize classical music. In the early 2000s, the local railway company decided to do something about the “problem” of “youths hanging around” its train stations.

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDDVWRQVUPMKRGHURIEQVNYWHQ Sean

    I wonder if they could also use pop music at playgrounds to drive off kiddie fiddlers

    • GoodDoktorBad

      Drive off kids playing violins? There is far to much sax and violins in the world after all….he he

  • Emily

    As someone who plays classical music professionally, I don't really see a problem with this. Classical music tends to relax people, and in this day and age people can use all the moments of relaxation they can get. Although the British government may be doing it for kind of a weird reason, it will probably make a lot of people feel better in the long run. Some of the most relaxing moments of my day are when I'm practicing or listening to a concert or broadcast of classical music.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    A little music mixed with subliminal zombie messages is always good…..

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see how the author figured out the connection between zombie like state of mind and classical music. Just because I am an admirer of punk music doesn’t make me an angry fuck, now does it?

  • veganarchist

    I don't see how the author figured out the connection between zombie like state of mind and classical music. Just because I am an admirer of punk music doesn't make me an angry fuck, now does it?

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