Music Shaming: leave it all behind By Huang Cheau Ning The judging comments came in batches, some are good comments but some rambling contain insulting words that she can’t forget about it. “What kind of music do you like?” is the question that always send Teo into a state of panic when someone ask about her music choice. Music shaming is an act of criticizing someone music preferences that different from their own, and make them feel like they should be ashamed by what they enjoy. It’s a problem that most of the people don’t even realised, but it happens all the time as everyone does it to some degree. It might sound exaggerated, it’s very much a real issue that faced by many students on campus. Teo Siew Ching, 22, student from School of Communication described herself as a pop music lover and couldn’t imagined her music taste would become a subject for others to laugh. …show more content…
They are basically waiting to tease you once you mentioned an artist that you really like but they don’t like,” she said. “To be honest, it is disrespectful and unnecessary.” There is no surprise that we live in a judgmental world. Teo thought that music preferences today has become a moral category tainted with criticism. It appears that music shaming comes from a person inherent need to make them feel superior to another. “I really enjoy pop music especially listening to Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber’s songs. I don’t know why they get so much hate, but putting aside their living lifestyle, they actually make pretty good music,” she said. “But still I got an eye roll and insults from others every time when I express my love for their jam.” Music shaming is still used by many to judge a person. It is not only serves as a form of embarrassment, but it also reinforces gender
Since the being of time people have been making and listening to music. Music has been considered the best way to express ourselves. The Bible even talks about how music was used to praise God. Music has been used for all type of things ranging from to getting a girl to notice guy, trying to get over a broken heart, or maybe losing a love one. Now society says that music has become too violent and sexually oriented. Many people have different point of view on this topic some people feel that there should be some type of censorship, while other feel censorship is against the first amendment, and others feel that parents should be responsible for what their children listen to. The question that comes to mind is should
“Every person has the right to choose what they will and will not listen to. If they feel that the music is not of their tastes, and or find it offensive, then they will choose not to listen to it”(1). Most of the people who are offended by certain music genres usually do not listen to that type of music nor do
Music can help change lives, heal wounds, or unfortunately, create stigmas. We live in a world that stigmatizes women on a daily basis, and the music industry plays no less of a significant role in reinforcing some of those stigmas. One apparent stigma that the current music industry is promoting is the infantilization of women. Infantilization is the act of treating an adult as a child, and thus denying her or his maturity. Equating women with children, and treating them as if they are weak and dependent is something we can clearly see in pop music. Whether it was through presenting women in infantilized positions in music videos or using infantilizing terms in lyrics, pop music plays a big role in shaping our inaccurate perception of women.
What is music? Denotatively speaking, music is sounds combined in such a way to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion. Music to me is something that I rely on to get me through everything, it is the thing that has shaped me into the person I am today. But, if I asked you how many symphonies Beethoven had written, could you tell me? To be blunt, probably not. Not only is this a problem with people today, it is a recurring problem with our youth. In Daniel Felsenfeld’s essay “Rebel Music,” he explains the fault in our youth when it comes to being musically cultured. Throughout his essay he acknowledges how he was a stereotypical teenager who just listened to whatever was on KROQ. However, he also talks about how he changed and cultured himself, unlike all of his peers. In his essay, Felsenfeld proves his message that younger generations are musically uncultured through his use of allusions, connotative diction, and critical tone.
Music is the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity.Music provides a powerful form of expression that at its most basic level helps to entertain while containing the power to cause revolutions. It is a way for people to express themselves through beats, lyrics, pitches and ranges. Imagine owning a music store, and a new album about police brutality is brought to your store for you to sell. An undercover cop came in and bought the album, and told you that if you didn’t take the albums off the shelves you would be arrested and your store would be shut down. There are debates today on whether the government should censor the music that we listen to.Some believe it has a negative effect on the listeners and cause them to become the lyrics. Since music is a form of expression, censoring the music would be a violation of our rights.
Encyclopedia Britannica defines music as, “art concerned with combining vocal or instrumental sounds for beauty of form or emotional expression, usually according to cultural standards of rhythm, melody, and, in most Western music, harmony”. Music was considered beautiful at one time. Musical artist in this day and age put their drive to succeed strongly before their personal morals. The explicit language warnings on music covers are not enough. The foul language usage in music remains not the only concept that continues influencing the younger generation. Pop, country, R&B, and rap music continues having an immense impact on influencing the American youth. The biggest factor of these music
As the title implies, Rosen warns against blaming music and the industry due to the fallacies in substantiating the validity of antagonizing the safe and expressive culture of music. She notes that rather than being a fuel for violence, it is a healthy expression of the internalized societal tensions that are present. Furthermore, “the most controversial lyrics...reflect the violence and despair in an artist’s imagination...but they reflect it–they don’t create it.” (Rosen 5) Therefore, there must be a distinction between promotion and causation–”music cannot cause action” (Rosen 5) To suppress and ban violent music would simply repress and internalize one’s expression, and “if you simply silence the songs, you may end up knowing less about
The topic of femininity in pop culture is important today because women are still far from achieving equality with men socially, economically, and politically. Music is a huge part of everyday life and affects millions of people. The music industry is intertwined throughout many outlets of the media. From commercials, to television, to the radio, music is a part of everybody’s daily life. What is noteworthy about trendy music today is that the messages that the artists are singing about can influence the listener's behavior, even though they may not consciously know this. With many popular anthems being so influential in every aspect of today’s world, we have to closely look at the correlation between music and how this alters how people act in today’s culture. Those who’ve been closely following the trends in country music over the last few years have had a sense that songs that objectify and degrade women (“bro-country”) have been on the rise, but it was only anecdotal evidence that we could
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The use of derogative language is very common in new songs. Especially the derogative word “bitch”, which is used as much as a person says hello. The real meaning of that word is actually female dog, but rappers use it talk
Over the past years, numerous researchers have shown interest in musical preferences and how they relate to personality traits as well (Cattell & Anderson, 1953; Dollinger, 1993). However, because of changes in music and its lyrical content over time, music itself has become an issue of interest and concern. Music and lyrical content have become gradually more explicit with references to drugs, sex, and violence. The anti-social themes overall have lead many adults, mostly parents of young children and teens, to rally against it, especially heavy metal and rap. The anti-social themes have also lead the study of music’s impact on emotion and behavior.
Music has coexisted with humanity and has served its purpose beyond what it was meant for. From Neanderthals to Coldplay, music has reconstructed itself and the people listening to it. Music as a variable, does not discriminate people by their race or religion, but rather by the various genres. These preferences are not a trait you are born with, but rather a composition of several internal and peripheral factors. Thus, personality, emotional associations, and contemporary culture are intrinsic determinants in one’s musical taste.
Music is an expressive, vivid form of art. The influence of music has a huge impact with every age group in the world. When people think of music they automatically think of how it makes them feel which most of the time is good.They don’t comprehend the provocative lyrics or what the song’s meaning really is. People have become used to this insulting and offensive language found on just about any song. Every song being released today contains some sort of graphical, sexual, or explicit lyric. Today’s graphic music encourages violence, degradation of women , and influences young children negatively.
The popular culture of music has changed dramatically over the course of sixty five years. Since this time, new genres of music have been introduced, existing genres have changed, and fixed stereotypes have been associated with certain genres of music. Music has become a major part of popular culture, and is portrayed almost everywhere in first world societies, including on television, radio, at shopping centers, sporting events and in every area of popular culture. Music has become a major part of popular culture, and continues to strive and develop into more and diverse areas of culture.