Test Notes, Week 3

Week 3:  Pop Music + Gender, Race, Class, & Pop Culture  

  • Cultural appropriation
  • The history of resistance music in Western culture
  • Romanticism: alive and well (in the ‘burbs…  but not in the hood)
  • The history of marginalization of people-of-colour in modern popular music (i.e. the history of modern popular music)
  • Adverse effects of videos and lyrics on children and on people of median (average) I.Q.
  • Product placement
  • Rest in peace: the decline of the ideology of hip-hop

Q: Discuss ‘appropriation’ of culture.  In what way is most 20th century American popular music appropriated? 

Q: Just how much 20th Century popular music is derived from the music of African and Caribbean Americans?  CLICK HERE

Q: In what way can appropriation be considered to be “racist”? 

Q: Discuss the relationships between music culture and consumerism.  

Q: Discuss Romanticism in the 19th century and its legacy over the last 200 years.  What particular aspect of the definition of Romanticism and Romantic art is of most interest to us when analyzing the hip hop genre?

Q: Which two demographic groups of music listeners (and viewers of concept music videos) are particularly vulnerable to violent and sexual images and lyrics? According to numerous scientific stidues, in what way are these groups likely to respond upon viewing violent or explicit behaviours in music and video?

Q: Discuss product placement in modern music.  Why do music companies defend against our obvious assertion that there is more product placement seen than ever before? Why do they contend that product placement is so common in video and in music?

Q: What does it mean when we assert that hip hop’s important ideology is dead?

Also: Reeves’ presentation on Appropriation and Romanticism     (see “the noble savage”, re: Romanticism… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noble_savage)

When asked for a definition of Romanticism, please do not reproduce one of these textbook definitions— be able to offer a definition that encompasses its meaning as explained in Reeves’ lecture (regarding the nobility of marginalized and poor people and how that is still seen in 20th century art and music).

Scientic Background and Statistics relevant to Week 3’s discussion of Adverse effects of videos and music on children and on more vulnerable perceivers