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HUM/176: Week 5 Overview
Transcript of HUM/176: Week 5 Overview
The Impact of Audio Entertainment - Music and Radio
Popular music has been a driving social force for centuries. This week, we will look back at that influence and how music and its effect on culture have evolved. Then, we will explore how music has influenced culture and vice versa.
Lule (2012) defines popular music as "any genre of music that appeals to a wide audience or subculture" (p. 364). While Edison's phonograph made widespread popular music possible, the concept existed long before.
Issues in Music
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This week's assignment is a PowerPoint presentation about developments in music and radio.
PowerPoint is relatively easy to learn and use. Be sure to look over the Sample Presentation and the PowerPoint tips in the syllabus. Please do not hesitate to ask questions - the PowerPoint is meant to be an fun alternative to essay writing, not a source of stress.
Music distribution was aided by a series of technological advances, some of them surprising.
eight-track and cassette tapes
The arrival of television and the Internet allowed consumers to watch their favorite performers on the small screen. They also provided more avenues for easy, often free, access to music. The Internet also provided a means for artists to find success outside of major labels.
Music in the Digital Age
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A variety of issues have developed in the music industry over the years. Many of those issues revolve around maximizing profits.
sexual and violent content
. 4 Major labels control 85% of the US music industry. Source: Nielsen, republished by Lule (2012).
Labels: Major vs. Indie
Like many other forms of media, major labels control a significant portion of the music industry. Through the power of economics and lobbying, the music industry also helps set the tone of copyright laws and anti-piracy initiatives.