originally posted by: Spiramirabilis
a reply to: mahatche
I grew up in a era where several different sounds had representation.
We both now live during a time when there's a glut of available music - many, many different sounds. It's bizarre to me that anyone can rise to the
top or make it - ever
A glut of available music on the internet, but most never reaches the public. The radio is still the main source for music for the majority of people.
There are artists with big internet followings that get "who?" when I mention them to people outside the internet. Having a song on the internet
doesn't mean you have representation.
Only the most passionate music lovers scourer the web for music. The rest are content with letting the radio do it for them.
About your last post - brainwashing. Have you been brainwashed?
At times I'm sure I have been. I don't like the word brainwash though, I prefer calling it successful marketing.
Here's a non music example. I just finished checking Michael Sam and Johny Maziel's stats for their pre-season debuts. There are plenty of players I
like more than them, but I didn't check their stats. The media decided theses player are important, so naturally after hearing them so many times I
became curious about how they did. You can probably say I was brainwashed into caring about players I don't care about, but everyone likes pretending
they aren't susceptible.
I agree with calstorm that your point on the beetles supports the claim in the article, but I had a similar experience with the beetles. I don't know
anyone who denies the beetles where creative though. My taste tells me bob dylan has an aggravating voice, but I'll never deny he's a great song
writer. My opinions aren't held hostage by my taste.
If you ask any hip hop head what makes a good rapper, they will all say lyrics, flow, cadence, delivery, etc... there are standards for good. There
are artists who meet those standards, they have big enough followings that denying there's a demand for their music is bull#, but those same artists
will never get on the radio. Artists who come up short on those standards do get on because they have other qualities, like sex appeal which makes
hacking brains easy work.
Another form of "brainwash" comes with the fact that we are all more likely to pay attention to someone we find attractive.Music fans don't mention
looks as much as executives, but girls who walk around with their ass out are always more known than the more talented ones that don't.
Queen Latifah and Lauryn Hill are the last two positive non sexual female rappers on the radio. Their success proves there is a market, but the
industry is full of executives that don't care. Since there are only 6 corporations contributing to our mainstream media, if only 1-2 of those 6
decide they want to promote only on thing, then that's all a lot of people are going to know. It's been a long time since they felt like a positive
non sexual rapper deserved attention.
We like to think music is only popular because we all liked it, but a lot of music is popular because they decided it's going to be popular.
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