With this weeks blog post we are suppose to talk about a certain medium and really describe how we have a relationship with it, whether it be TV, radio, social media, etc. Music is by far the best media platform for me, yet my relationship with it is very simple. Music is a big part in my life and it has shaped who I am in a certain way and think, I am not a die-hard fan to any certain artist or song or album, I just like music. The sound, the rhythm and the way it makes me feel, I could be in a bad mood and turn on a song and I would feel better. I don’t collect CDs or albums that you can physically hold in your hand and I don’t even buy music, I listen to Soundcloud, Spotify and Pandora to find my music and find the newest tracks released. Music molds how I feel a certain day from the moment I get in my car and start listening. But in regards to the value that music brings me is definitely utilitarian value because I do need music in order to stay at a level of peace with people around me as well as myself. Changing directions here, I also feel like there are many stereotypes for different types of music listeners.
WHAT STUDIES SAY ABOUT YOUR SOUNDS:
POP: Conformists, overly responsible, role-conscious, struggling with sexuality or peer acceptance.
HEAVY METAL: Higher levels of suicidal ideation, depression, drug use, self-harm, shoplifting, vandalism, unprotected sex.
DANCE: Higher levels of drug use regardless of socio-economic background.
JAZZ/RHYTHM & BLUES: Introverted misfits, loners.
RAP: Higher levels of theft, violence, anger, street gang membership, drug use and misogyny.
Reggae: Use of marijuana. (I added this)
After seeing these stereotypes do you believe that all these are true statement or are they extreme stereotypes of the people who listen to these genres of music?