Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hip Hop controversies (Free Writing)

I realized i hadn't done this blog when going through my blog log, so here it is!

Tricia Rose was born in New York and spent her childhood in Harlem. she has a BA in sociology and her Ph.D. in American Studies. She is currently a professor at Brown teaching Africana Studies and is the director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. One of her most well known books is Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America. Tricia believes that hip hop isn't dead now a days, it's just underground now. I agree with her view saying that rap music isn't the necessary cause of violence, though some of the themes and lyrics of popular rap songs today are violent. I feel like that takes away responsibility of the action someone takes by blaming it on rap music or any other source that they consider to be violent and caused said person to act out. What i believe is that people blame rap music for violence because its a majority of black men in that genre and it is the stereotype that they are inherently violent and deviant, that people hate on it so much. even though there are plenty of examples of violence in many other forms in popular culture like TV shows, movies, and video games. 

One of the main points that Tricia makes is that we all share popular culture, its the one thing we all have in common, no matter our background. This is so true, people everywhere are influenced by the media and popular culture, even if they aren't consciously aware of it. not only that is you can't escape popular culture unless you turn off every form of social media, radio, TV and so on. This sort of reminded me of Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Orenstien, she tried to keep certain princess stories away from her daughter, but she still knew who Snow White was without her mothers help. this just proves that no matter how much you try to keep popular culture out of your life, it's always going to be around you and influencing you at a young age. so really parents can't try to keep their kids from listing to rap music or violent video games because it's everywhere, because thats what sells in our society and it's not going to go away if someone can make money off of it. 

*I wonder what it is about violence that sells in our society? 

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