A Fantasy Theme Criticism of Popular Music

An Understanding of the Effect of Pop Music: A Fantasy Theme Analysis of Popular Music
Courtney Mullen
St. Edwards University

Abstract

Humanity has long used music as an expressional art form to find beauty, attain a higher level of meaning, and better understand culture. The Beatle's, a famous pop group from England, and other bands including ABBA, and the Rolling Stones infected the term pop music with authenticity and enabled an expansion of endless possibilities for popular music. Now pop music is understood to be "not driven by any significant ambition except profit and commercial reward…and, in musical terms, it is essentially conservative" (Frith, 2001, p. 96). An artist by ...

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broadcasts to young adults on how to have fun could potentially create a better understanding of the impact of music on shaping our youth's culture and interaction with society.

An Understanding of the Effect of Pop Music:

A Fantasy Theme Analysis of Popular Music

Tik Tok, released in late 2009 is the longest running number one debut single by a female, Kesha Rose Sebert, in over 30 years ("Kesha: I don't," 2010). This song was written to entertain mainly but also to depict how Kesha has lived out her everyday life in the past four years. The underlying concern with the song coupled with its video is the type of example or messages that are being sent to its main viewers, teens, and the effect it has on the future actions of those listeners. The song is pushing a specific idea on what partying should be like. It includes harmless characteristics like dancing, expressing yourself, and hanging out with friends, but implies that these things are not enough without alcohol, ...

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of these visions understanding how they are come by is important. It all begins with dramatizing messages. After a message is dramatized in an artifact or text it is known that "some dramatizations cause[d] a minor symbolic explosion in the form of a chain reaction" (Bormann, 2004). This chain reaction is the exchange of a shared fantasy between individuals. People are constantly trying to understand and make sense of the world around them and latch on to others that share the same view as them or the same rhetorical vision. "A rhetorical vision is a view of how things have been, are, or will be" (Duffy, 2003). After a group has a common fantasy what usually follows is an emotional ...

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