On Thu, September 2, 2010 6:41 am, Hartmut Noack wrote:
We have always had pop music. Doesn't it give you a cause for concern that
we were able to create so much damage in the past without the modern mass
media system brain washing us into complicity?
> NO! Rock/pop music with all its wildness, its unpredictability and its
That may have been the case when rock was considered a new form of art and
it was not at that point considered commercially viable enough to warrant
the interests and adoption of the mass media. It was in effect rebelling
against the system by making it viable to feel and express sexual and
My concern is that we have now come to a point where the producers making
pop music are crafting works that explicitly aim to perpetuate a frame of
mind that is beneficial to the ongoing production of their artwork (bank
accounts) at the expense of disabling or hobbling the "positive"
progression of the listener.
IMO music and associated media that defines it's listeners as only
interested in the emotions stimulated by sexual/violent imagery is given a
priority on the airwaves over more intelligent options. I find it to be a
detrimental and callous attack on the listener. It also makes me seriously
concerned for the potential of society to improve when we are constantly
being told what to think by the mass media who can only come up with the
imagery of sex and violence as a sustainable business model.
It is a self fulfilling system whereby the people who are prepared to
participate in it are the ones reaping the rewards offered and the ones
who are not are sidelined and kept out of the discourse even though the
ideas they have to offer are just as valid and potentially more powerful
than the status quo.
By maintaining and accepting a system where the callous, manipulative and
selfish are the ones who get rewarded we are allowing for the future
generations to be subjected to the same abuse.
Hence combating this abuse with carefully crafted subversive pop using the
same production techniques with the explicit aim of rendering the effect
of the more callous music null and void or at least significantly
decreasing the effect seems like a reasonable use of an artists time.
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